24 May 2006
Tolomeo, Royal College Of Music, London Handel Festival
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 Edward Seckerson [Independent, 24 May 2006]
Handel plots are bewilderingly similar. Love changes everything. Rivalry brings deceitful disguises, mistaken identities and scorn - so much scorn. Tolomeo has more than its fair share. Cleopatra sits on the throne of Egypt. Her usurped son Tolomeo has fled to Cyprus where he lives in obscurity. As the curtain rises, a shipwreck deposits the other protagonists on the island - including his wife Seleuce.