12 Jun 2006
Powder Her Face, Barbican Hall, 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.
Sometimes one wonders how composers find the time to compose at all. Thomas Adès is artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival, but on the eve of this year’s festival he still managed to clear a space in his diary to conduct a concert performance of his 1995 opera Powder her Face.