17 Mar 2008
Stewed Queen Loses Her Head in 'Bolena'
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.
Warwick Thompson [Bloomberg.com, 17 March 2008]
March 17 (Bloomberg) -- There are few things more heartening to an opera lover than a queen boiling with jealousy, going mad, and getting her head chopped off. Donizetti's ``Anna Bolena'' (Anne Boleyn) hits every mark.