18 Apr 2006
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.
Richard Morrison at the Coliseum [Times Online, 17 April 2006]
LIKE Orfeo, English National Opera has been to hell and back this season.
But this beguiling, beautiful production — in which East melds with West, dance merges with opera and timeless gestures interplay with subtle modern lighting — would be a wow coming from any company, any year.