03 Mar 2008
Benjamin Britten's Pampered Brute
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 JAY NORDLINGER [NY Sun, 3 March 2008]
Many people regard "Peter Grimes" as Benjamin Britten's masterpiece, and it is, indeed, a powerful opera. The Met revived it on Thursday night, in a new production by John Doyle. The production is not particularly fancy or sophisticated. It does not go in for many effects. And it is a successful production.