07 Aug 2006
Giulio Cesare — Glyndebourne
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.
Andrew Clements [Guardian, 7 August 2006]
New last summer, David McVicar's irrepressibly camp staging of Handel's Egyptian epic was Glyndebourne's biggest success for years, and it's no surprise that the company has brought it back as soon as possible. McVicar has supervised the revival, with a cast that is almost entirely new to their roles. Only two of the original team return: Danielle de Niese to repeat her all-singing, all-dancing appearance as Cleopatra, and Rachid Ben Abdeslam is once again the fey Nireno.