15 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 Jermyn Street Theatre [Times Online, 15 December 2006]
Nothing, you might think, could bridge the divide between improvised comedy and grand opera. The former is pure wit conceived on the spur of the moment. The latter is usually a deadly serious tangle of conventions and techniques conceived centuries ago.