06 Jun 2006
Thaïs, Grange Park Opera, Hampshire
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 Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 6 June 2006]
It must be tempting to let oneself go directing a production at a country house opera festival. Knowing the audience will have overdosed on champagne, you can serve up theatrical excess knowing it will be greeted by barely sentient gurgles of intoxicated delight.