08 Nov 2005
Orfeo, Opera de Lille
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, 8 November 2005]
"Abandon all hope, you who enter" is the warning at the entrance to Plutone's kingdom, but it could equally apply to the testing title role of Monteverdi's first opera. Its tessitura lies awkwardly between tenor and baritone registers, too low for the former, especially at baroque pitch, and high for baritones who don't shine at the top.