30 Jul 2006
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.
Richard Morrison at Covent Garden [29 July 2006]
TRYING to modernise the Bolshoi Opera must be a bit like growing an oak tree. You plant an acorn, and if you are very lucky something resembling a sapling might just appear shortly before you die.