01 Mar 2006
Quirky and affectionate tribute to Mozart
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.
[Galway Independent, 1 March 2006]
Modern myth and tabloids would have one believe that today's eleven-year-old boy is a crack smoking, car-jacking, father-of-several whose closest contact with music is an ear-bashing bootlegged download of Marilyn Manson. In the 'good old days' it was all so different, of course, and Opera Theatre Company bring an example of one particularly precocious pre-teen's pastimes to the Town Hall stage in a sprightly version of 'Apollo and Hyacinthus'.