11 Nov 2006
Music to slash your wrists to
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.
Opera North presents a fantastic double of stories the tabloids would kill for. Scottish Opera's take on Iraq, however, would make anyone suicidal
Anthony Holden [Observer, 12 November 2006]
Opera North seems determined to make us suffer this season. After a poor, beyond vulgar Rigoletto, it has now laid on near-perfect productions of two of the most harrowing works in the repertoire.