12 Dec 2005
The Marriage, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 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, 12 December 2005]
Somebody at the Philharmonia Orchestra must have a sense of humour. It was a nice idea to turn a concert into a speed-dating event, but is Musorgsky's unfinished comic opera The Marriage really the right work to fill young hearts with romance?