16 Jan 2006
Bringing Massenet to the masses
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.
KENNETH WALTON [Scotsman, 16 January 2006]
'MASSENET'S world is defined by song, even when nobody is singing." The author of that comment - Matthew Boyden in his excellent book, The Rough Guide to Opera - captures in a nutshell the essence of the pivotal French opera composer, whose best-known work these days is undoubtedly, and perhaps misleadingly, the famous Meditation for violin and orchestra.