14 Dec 2005
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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 Shirley Apthorp [Financial Times, 14 December 2005]
"There is no swan," says the Australian director Barrie Kosky. That is no surprise. Kosky, at his ease in Vienna's gloomy Café Sperl, sports silver rings, numerous piercings, and dark red nail polish. At his feet sits a cocker spaniel. Neither of them looks the type to take Wagner at face value.