29 Jan 2008
Peter Grimes: Grim, gripping and glorious
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.
[Daily Telegraph, 29 January 2008]
Rupert Christiansen reviews Peter Grimes performed by Opera North at the Grand Theatre, Leeds
Serge Koussevitzky, the philanthropic conductor who commissioned Peter Grimes, claimed that the result of his munificence was "the greatest opera since Carmen". Well, perhaps he was biased, but a performance as enthralling as this makes his flush of proud enthusiasm understandable.