18 Apr 2006
Il Re Pastore, Linbury, ROH, 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.
Little arrows everywhere
By Edward Seckerson [Independent, 17 April 2006]
Cupid's arrows are indistinguishable from the arrows of war, and they fly around the stage and auditorium of the Linbury, where the director/designer John Lloyd Davies makes much of the correlation in Il re pastore, the oldest of Mozart's "young" operas, premiered when he was 19.