17 Jan 2006
Benvenuto Cellini, Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg
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 Francis Carlin [Financial Times, 17 January 2006]
After Béatrice et Bénédict, this is the second leg of Nicholas Snowman's ambitious Berlioz cycle. But here the production team of Renaud Doucet and André Barbe are less daring, transforming the whole work into a conveniently mad farce rather than trying to mesh the serious and comic elements.