26 Jul 2006
How Mariinsky's Maestro Saved the Day for Opera Holland Park
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.
Warwick Thompson [Bloomberg.com, 26 July 2006]
July 26 (Bloomberg) -- Opera Holland Park was in crisis. Producer James Clutton had taken a risk in staging Tchaikovsky's ``The Queen of Spades,'' a brilliant operatic study of obsession, twisted love and the occult.