04 Jun 2007
Wexford Opera Festival, Der Silbersee, Pulcinella/Arlecchino, Johnstown Castle, Wexford
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 Hall [Financial Times, 4 June 2007]
For a second season, Wexford Festival Opera is on the move, pending the completion of the new opera house on the site of the former Theatre Royal. This year, the event has moved in time as well as space, taking up a summer residency in a well-appointed temporary venue constructed in the grounds of Johnstown Castle, a few miles outside Wexford itself.