29 Mar 2006
Fink, Vignoles and Cooper, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 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.
By Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 29 March 2006]
It takes a leap of faith in the grey concrete Queen Elizabeth Hall to imagine we are in a 19th-century Biedermeier drawing-room, but never mind. Put the flowers on the table, lower the lights and dream on.