21 Mar 2006
In search of the lost golden age
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 Clement Crisp [Financial Times, 20 March 2006]
It is still very cold in St Petersburg, but at the start of the Mariinsky’s Ballet Festival the sun was brilliantly reflected on snow and on the amber and almond-green of those noble façades, and at Tsarskoe Selo the sky matched the vivid blue of Catherine’s palace.