13 Jul 2006
Armide at Buxton
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.
Alfred Hickling [Guardian, 13 July 2006]
The quality at Buxton goes up and down, but Aiden Lang's farewell production as artistic director is, in every sense, dazzling. Retina-searing rope lights - such as you might expect around a provincial night-club rather than a baroque opera - bounce from the reflective surfaces of the set.