11 Feb 2006
Rigoletto — Coliseum, London
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.
(Photo: Michael Cooper)
Erica Jeal [The Guardian, 11 February 2006]
At ENO it is almost as if the past two decades never happened. Less than a week after dusting off their smoking jackets for Jonathan Miller's 20-year-old Mikado, here the men of the chorus were again, back in their mafioso henchman suits in the Duke's cocktail bar for another revival of Miller's enduring 1982 staging of Rigoletto.