29 Oct 2006
Don Gregorio, Dun Mhuire Theatre, Wexford
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 George Hall [Financial Times, 29 October 2006]
At what is clearly a crucial turning-point in its history, the Wexford Festival is in the process of reinventing itself on a grander scale. This year’s event is in the nature of an interim measure.