05 Feb 2006
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.
Hilary Finch at the London Coliseum [Times Online, 6 February 2006]
THE way that heads have been rolling at English National Opera, you’d think there was a Lord High Executioner in residence. Well, now we know there is. And, although his Little List stops short at naming names, Ko-Ko informs his hushed and eager audience that there is, indeed, an ENO board with its knickers in a twist; the chairman’s on his list; and, yes, they’ll none of them be missed.