13 Aug 2007
Turn of the Screw, Glyndebourne, Sussex
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, 12 August 2007]
After a tour round the country last year, The Turn of the Screw has arrived as the last opera of the season at Glyndebourne’s main summer festival. Two of Britten’s chamber operas had their premieres here – The Rape of Lucretia in 1946 and Albert Herring in 1947 – so its appearance is not before time.