27 May 2008
Eugene Onegin, Glyndebourne Festival, UK
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 Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 25 May 2008]
Love – as we know from countless operas if not from personal experience – is a complicated thing. Two people can have the same intense feeling, but not at the same time or in circumstances that deny fulfilment.