17 Jun 2008
Spivs, rockers and sopranos
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, 17 June 2008]
The test of any Ariadne, beyond the quality of singing, is whether it makes sense of the work’s inbuilt collisions – between vulgar comedy and high seriousness, idealism and pragmatism, modernist self-consciousness and old-world geniality, sincerity and hubris.