20 Jan 2006
No Gaddafi? Send for Gilbert and Sullivan
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.
[Daily Telegraph, 18 January 2006]
There is a deliciously Gilbertian irony to one of the lesser embarrassments that has hit English National Opera in the last year.
Its intriguing commission of a new opera from the bhangra-fusion hard-ragga-jungle band Asian Dub Foundation on the subject of Colonel Gaddafi has faltered.