29 Sep 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, 29 September 2006]
Chastened by the flops of recent years, English National Opera’s avowed new intent is to rebuild its much depleted stock of “bankers”: dependable productions of the most popular operas that can be revived again and again.