21 Oct 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.
Tim Ashley [Guardian, 21 October 2006]
Handel considered Theodora his finest oratorio. It fazed his contemporaries, however, and it was not until the late 20th century that audiences acknowledged its greatness. This was doubtless due, in part, to an exhaustive reappraisal of the diversity of Handel's output - though, as many have remarked, Theodora also maps disturbingly on to the major issues of our times.