18 Apr 2008
The Minotaur: Enthralling, hypnotising - and unloveable
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.
Rupert Christiansen [Daily Telegraph, 17 April 2008]
Ever since the story went round that Benjamin Britten had stormed out of the premiere of his first opera, Punch and Judy, Harrison Birtwistle has been cast as the bogeyman of modern music theatre, associated with a brutalist aesthetic infatuated with monsters, myths, masks, mime, murder and mayhem.