05 Jan 2007
Laugh? I nearly did
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.
[Guardian, 5 January 2007]
Have you heard the one about the comic opera that was actually funny? No, thought not. Philip Hensher on the pitfalls and pratfalls of trying to crack a joke with classical music