07 Jan 2006
Welsh Opera lands Met high flyer
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.
Charlotte Higgins [Guardian, 6 January 2006]
While the arts world shakes its head in disbelief at the coronation, without interview or proper process, of John Berry and Loretta Tomasi to run English National Opera, the Welsh National Opera has managed to recruit one of the most respected names in the business, currently at the Metropolitan in New York.