11 Feb 2008
Opera more dramatic in the seats
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.
[Contra Costa Times, 11 February 2008]
Dear Miss Manners: Although I consider myself to be a great lover of music, I have uncertainties about contemporary concert etiquette.