14 Dec 2005
Rising star may yet call the tune for 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.
ROWENA SMITH [The Herald, 14 December 2005]
In an Edinburgh Festival memorable for its controversial performances (Arab-Israeli youth orchestras, new plays dealing with the subject of paedophilia) Scottish Opera's production of The Death of Klinghoffer led the field. The Festival's decision to give the long-overdue UK stage premiere of the opera by John Adams based on the hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise liner by Palestinian terrorists, attracted a good deal of criticism from certain quarters from the moment it was announced. Further interest was generated when details of the production – the storming of the ship from the body of the theatre – were revealed, and by talk of a distinct lack of tendresse between director Anthony Neilson and what remained of Scottish Opera Chorus (now, of course, no more).