20 Jul 2008
From frothy comedy to best of British, Buxton is a jolly good show
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.
Hugh Canning [Times Online, 20 July 2008]
Almost 30 years have passed since the enchanting Derbyshire spa town of Buxton first hosted an opera festival. It opened modestly in 1979 with Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, but the following year it raised the stakes exponentially with Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet, starring Thomas Allen in the title role, and Berlioz’s Beatrice and Benedict, in which Ann Murray and her husband, Philip Langridge, sang the squabbling lovers.