08 Jun 2008
Music al fresco
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, 5 June 2008]
Having ambitions never did an opera company any harm. It might seem an act of hubris for a company of limited resources to take on La fanciulla del West, the opera where Puccini puts a widescreen melodrama from the wild west on the stage, but Grange Park Opera have given it their best shot.