10 Dec 2005
Cecilia Bartoli - Barbican, London
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 Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 9 December 2005]
There is no better way to draw an audience than to tell people the show was previously banned. Never mind that these "prohibited operas" go back 300 years - they still have that air of suppressed naughtiness hanging over them.