20 Jan 2006
Cor blimey, look at the struts on that!
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.
[Times Online, 20 January 2006]
It’s London’s most exciting archaeological dig. Except that nothing is being dug, and what’s being uncovered are not Roman treasures but the sometimes disconcerting secrets of the British building trade, circa 1949. Yes, this is the Royal Festival Hall as it hasn’t been seen since it was frantically constructed for the 1951 Festival of Britain: stripped to its concrete and stuffed with 30 miles of scaffolding and 300 construction workers.