20 Oct 2006
`Bird of Night' Is Hobbled by Patchy Libretto, Plodding Score
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 Warwick Thompson [Bloomberg.com, 20 October 2006]
Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- ``Bird of Night,'' which received its world premiere in the Linbury Studio at London's Royal Opera House last night, has more devil worship, incestuous love and noble self-sacrifice than many a new opera I've encountered recently.