08 Apr 2007
Bostridge/Adès, St Luke’s Church, London
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 Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 8 April 2007]
In the atmospheric setting of an evening performance at St Luke’s Church it is easy to imagine ghosts from the past. There was one in particular whose shadowy face kept seeming to materialise in the gloom outside the lofty east window on Tuesday, though he was doubtless a beneficent spirit.