25 Nov 2005
Saul — Town Hall, Leeds
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.
Alfred Hickling [The Guardian, 25 November 2005]
Handel turned to oratorio when the bottom fell out of the market for Italian opera. Opera North has turned to oratorio while the roof has temporarily come off its theatre. But as the company's base gets an overhaul, it's a perfect opportunity to explore works that occupy the hinterland between dramatic and concert performance.