09 Nov 2006
Orlando, Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, 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 David Murray [Financial Times, 9 November 2006]
The old Handel Opera annual series at Sadler’s Wells, which enlisted even the likes of Dame Joan Sutherland, have been greatly missed. In England, at least, Handel’s many operas have been ignored by the Covent Garden and English National Opera repertoires – yet they are regularly performed at most other opera houses in the west, as they deserve to be.