17 Nov 2005
Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame, L'Esplanade, St-Etienne
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
By Francis Carlin [Financial Times, 16 November 2005]
The Massenet Festival, held in the composer's home town, proves that not everyone in France ignores the breadth and depth of her musical heritage. By dipping into well over 20 neglected operas, Jean-Louis Pichon, director, also shows there is more to Massenet than Manon or Werther.