09 Nov 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.
No Shostakovich bonanza would be complete without some live performance of New Babylon, his only silent-film score, written in a flurry of experimentation early in 1929. But reviving Kozintsev and Trauberg’s whirling drama of the 1871 Paris Commune has never been an easy task.