30 Mar 2006
More Offenbach, more often
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.
Soprano Felicity Lott and director Laurent Pelly talk to Rupert Christiansen about their French import
[Daily Telegraph, 30 March 2006]
Although they were hugely popular in the 1960s when English National Opera was still based at Sadler's Wells, Offenbach's operettas haven't lately had much luck this side of the Channel.