20 Jun 2006
Nixon in China — Coliseum, London
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.
Nixon in China, first seen at ENO in 2000, was to have reopened the refurbished Coliseum in February 2004, but it fell victim to delays. Now a revival of Peter Sellars' seminal US production is finally here - and for anybody remotely interested in modern opera who hasn't yet seen it, it is required viewing.