28 Jan 2007
The Elixir of Love
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 Grand, Leeds [Times Online, 29 January 2007]
Transposing 19th-century operas to the glitzy dolce vita world of 1950s Italy has become something of a cliché. You can see why. The stage can be flooded with light. Those curvy frocks and high heels flatter the fuller-figured soprano. And the more glamorous of the male chorus can whizz round on Vespa scooters, looking chic in shades.