02 Dec 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.
Richard Morrison at the Wales Millennium Centre [Times Online, 2 December 2006]
The Russians don’t exactly have Wagner in their blood. Before Valery Gergiev reintroduced the Ring cycle to the Maryinsky Theatre in St Petersburg three years ago, it had not been staged in the country since 1913.