03 May 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.
Drag queens, trannies, quasi-sexuality, oh my!
By Leonard Jacobs [NY Press, 3 May 2006]
Five minutes before the house lights dimmed, my partner, who loves theater but has never seen a Bertolt Brecht play, asked what The Threepenny Opera is about. My first impulse was vaudevillian shtick: “about two and a half hours, dear.” Instead, I suggested he find out for himself.