03 Nov 2005
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.
Robert Thicknesse at Covent Garden [Times Online, 2 November 2005]
Covent Garden finally hauls itself aboard the Tippett centenary bandwagon with painful reluctance, but I really wish it hadn’t bothered. The Midsummer Marriage may not be the greatest opera, but it can’t possibly be as bad as this revival of Graham Vick’s 1996 production makes it look.