15 Mar 2006
Jenufa/Tosca, Hackney Empire, 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 Roderic Dunnett [Independent, 15 March 2006]
It isn't easy to serve up two hits in succession, but with its new productions of Janacek's Jenufa and Puccini's Tosca, English Touring Opera comes remarkably close to achieving it.