20 Feb 2008
Der fliegende Holländer, Stuttgart Staatsoper
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 Shirley Apthorp [Financial Times, 13 February 2008]
This corporate jaunt has gone horribly wrong. Middle managers strew the contents of files like confetti, their wives huddle on the ground and smear their faces with dirt, champagne is sprayed across the crowd while dancing girls jerk neurotically in the far corner.