23 Dec 2005
The Year in Music
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 Raymond Stults [Moscow Times, 23 December 2005]
Best Operas: Though Helikon Opera, Novaya Opera and the Pokrovsky Chamber Musical Theater all came up with one new production apiece of more than routine interest and merit this year, it was the Bolshoi Theater that produced the real fireworks of 2005 on the local operatic front.