20 Jun 2006
An Arcadian setting where rarities flourish
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 Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 19 June 2006]
The advice to patrons, delivered in clipped, headmasterly tones before every Garsington Opera performance, was to "remember to turn right when you leave". It became Leonard Ingrams's signature, and it always raised a laugh. This was Ingrams's way of acknowledging local sensitivities - a left turn would have disturbed the peace of the Oxfordshire village of Garsington after dark - but it was also a signal that with humour and determination, his country house opera festival would flourish.