19 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.
Hilary Finch at the Coliseum [Times Online, 20 November 2006]
You can’t blame easyjet for everything, but Venice isn’t quite the remote and exotic dream that it was in the days of Marco Polo — or of Gilbert and Sullivan. A company has to work pretty hard to make The Gondoliers a hot ticket — and English National Opera’s first staging doesn’t really work quite hard enough.