18 Dec 2005
Making waves as the tide goes out at Scottish Opera
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.
SARAH JONES [Scotland on Sunday, 18 December 2005]
THIS year was not for those with a nervous disposition, particularly if you like opera. Indeed, the tide of names washing in and out of the Scottish classical scene was enough to make even those used to arts-world shenanigans feel a little sea-sick.