06 Jul 2008
Crossing the Sea, at Wilton's Music Hall
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.
(Photo: Eugene Langan)
Richard Morrison [Times Online, 7 July 2008]
To come across a new work that's carefully conceived for a mixture of different media - film, dance, theatre, a singer and a string quartet - is a rare and rewarding thing. With her husband, the theatre director Lou Stein, the Belfast-born composer Deirdre Gribbin has been exploring this genre-busting territory for some time. But if she writes another piece as haunting as Crossing the Sea - her “one-woman opera” had its premiere in the suitably elegiac dilapidation of Wilton's Music Hall - she, and we, will be lucky.