07 Feb 2006
The Mikado — 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.
Erica Jeal [The Guardian, 7 February 2006]
The very appearance of The Mikado in ENO's current season is a topsy-turvy substitution Gilbert himself would have relished. You can just hear the conversation at English National Opera a few months ago. What, you mean our hard-hitting new opera by Asian Dub Foundation's Chandrasonic exploring Colonel Gadafy's influence on the Middle East conflict won't be ready until September? Never mind, let's roll out a spot of Gilbert and Sullivan instead.