05 Jul 2007
Italy's Spoleto Festival as a Family Affair
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 Carlo Vitali [MusicalAmerica.com, 5 July 2007]
“The Festival of the Two Worlds … should be shielded from idle polemics ….The City of Spoleto has the duty to favor a further incorporation of such an important event into the city itself (also in order to train innovative professionals in the field of show-business), while working to restore the Festival’s former splendor.”