20 May 2008
L’incoronazione di Poppea, Glyndebourne Festival Opera
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 Richard Fairman [Financial Times,19 May 2008]
In the 1960s Glyndebourne was one of the places that helped put Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea back on the operatic map. At that time the early music renaissance was in its infancy and the opera was lusciously re-orchestrated and staged, whereas now Glyndebourne has moved with the times.