24 Jan 2006
Comme un chant de David, Paris
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.
(Photo: © Franck Beloncle)
By Clare Shine [Financial Times, 24 January 2006]
Is it a reflection on the unstable world around us that religious themes are becoming more prominent on stage? The past year alone has seen Howard Brenton's Paul in London, Jacques Delcuvellerie's Anathème on Old Testament violence in Avignon and now Claude Régy's minimalist adaptation of the Psalms, 10 years after his Words of the Prophet based on Ecclesiastes.