17 Jan 2006
Salome — Town Hall, Leeds
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.
Alfred Hickling [Guardian, 16 January 2006]
There have been a number of decapitations at Leeds Town Hall recently, as Opera North's temporary relocation has caused a few heads to roll. December's semi-staging of Saul introduced Goliath's in a linen bag; now it is John the Baptist's turn, his served on a silver plate.