05 Feb 2007
The Hunt of King Charles, Finnish National Opera, Helsinki
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.
By George Loomis [Financial Times, 5 February 2007]
Thanks to contemporary composers such as Kaija Saarijao, Einojuani Rautaavara and Aulis Sallinen, Finland’s per capita contribution to the continued vitality of opera is second to none. But is misplaced pride behind the Finnish National Opera’s exhumation of “the first Finnish opera” – Fredrik Pacius’s The Hunt of King Charles, a rarity even in Finland?