04 Jun 2008
Il Trovatore not dampened by weather
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 Fiona Maddocks [Evening Standard, 4 June 2008]
To the accompaniment of storm, tempest and icy blast, Opera Holland Park’s 2008 season opened in roaring style.
Verdi’s Il Trovatore, the one about the gipsy who carelessly throws a baby on the fire and causes a good deal of operatic trouble, is a long evening with your feet wet. It’s a tribute to all involved that it felt shorter than this most convoluted of tales sometimes can, even in lavish circumstances.