28 Sep 2006
Il campiello, Salle Richelieu, Paris
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.
By Clare Shine [Financial Times, 28 September 2006]
The winter wind wuthers, snow sprinkles the shabby piazza, doors and shutters pop open and close with the relentless regularity of a cuckoo clock. There is no escaping local colour realism in this diligent production of Goldoni’s little-performed comedy (from 1756).