07 May 2008
Glyndebourne: lust, greed -and some great tunes
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.
Ivan Hewett [Daily Telegraph, 8 May 2008]
This year Glyndebourne Festival Opera opens with a work in which the virtuous are punished, the wise are mocked, and the lustful and treacherous lavishly rewarded with riches and power - not to mention the best tunes.