15 Oct 2006
A bold step in the right direction
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.
Vincent Plush [The Australian, 16 October 2006]
Lucia di Lammermoor
By Donizetti. Opera Queensland. Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, October 14. Also on Thursday (6.30pm) and , Saturday (1.30pm), October 24, 26 and 28. Tickets: $36-$133. Bookings: 136 246.
THIS is the most impressive production I have seen from Opera Queensland in six years. Australia's second largest opera company is one that government ministers and captains of industry love to dress up for, while only proffering subsistence support. It attracts the fickle upwardly mobile set, drawn to its predominantly conservative productions. Occasionally, it delivers winners.