22 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 the Coliseum [Times Online, 22 July 2006]
IF THERE is a crazier or noisier night at the opera, I had better stay away on medical grounds. My head is still reeling from the manic sights and sounds of this surreal, exuberantly over-the-top whirlwind of a show, which launched the Maryinsky (formerly the Kirov) Theatre’s short London season of Shostakovich’s stage works.