11 Nov 2006
Opera: An unsuitable marriage
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.
ENO’s superficial and sexless 1930s Figaro gets a poor reception from Hugh Canning [Times Online, 12 November 2006]
In a programme article, David Cairns describes The Marriage of Figaro as “a wonderfully funny opera”, but you would never know it after attending Olivia Fuchs’s laboured, strait-laced and humourless new production for English National Opera.