29 Dec 2005
Macabre, magical and magnificent
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.
[Daily Telegraph, 29 December 2005]
Rupert Christiansen reviews Hansel and Gretel at the Leeds Town Hall
With its gruesome fascination for the evils of starvation and gluttony, not to mention its rampant depiction of child abuse, Hansel and Gretel ranks among the more macabre of Christmas pantomimes.