08 Jul 2008
The Rake’s Progress, Royal Opera House, London
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, 8 July 2008]
Did a more intellectual pair ever come together to write an opera than Igor Stravinsky and W.H. Auden? They gave The Rake’s Progress so many reference points to art, music and literature through the ages that Tom Rakewell’s story really does come across as a parable for all time.