17 Oct 2006
Jephte/Dido and Aeneas
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 Neil Fisher, Touring [Times Online, 17 October 2006]
THIS is a company that is never short of ambition, no matter what its bank manager might say. And this autumn English Touring Opera’s no doubt meagre resources are being stretched further than ever in a festival celebrating the Baroque. It began with the world’s first indisputably great opera, Monteverdi’s Orfeo; now it continues with an English icon, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, alongside Carissimi’s oratorio, Jephte.