26 Mar 2006
Festival finds itself among a newly altered landscape
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.
KENNETH WALTON [Scotsman.com, 27 March 2006]
TAKEN on its own merit, this year's Perth Festival of the Arts is much the same as it has always been - a successful, tried-and-tested ten-day formula in May that combines cosy classics, comfortable comedy, a good bit of theatre and dance and a smattering of celebrity artists, padded out with some homespun contributions from local school bands.