22 Nov 2006
Alessandro nell’Indie, Coliseum, London
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 Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 21 November 2006]
Ah, to have been an opera lover in the 1950s and 1960s. That was when the adventurous went out prospecting for unknown operas and came back with gems from the bel canto era like Bellini’s Il pirata or Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda which had been lost for half a century or more.