13 Apr 2006
London's `Il Re Pastore' Has Shepherds, Alexander, Pretensions
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 Warwick Thompson [Bloomberg.com, 13 April 2006]
April 13 (Bloomberg) -- Mozart's early opera ``Il re pastore'' (``The Shepherd King'') isn't performed often. I have a horrible feeling that its popularity won't increase much after John Lloyd Davies's pretentious production in the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House.