12 Aug 2008
Love and Other Demons at Glyndebourne
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.
Geoff Brown [Times Online, 12 August 2008]
I liked the stage direction “All hell breaks loose”. Perfect for a convent exorcism – the climactic event in this new opera, unveiled before a gourmet audience who would have probably preferred to be eating Mozart. But where was Hell exactly? I saw nuns in a polite flap, a little writhing, smeared blood: a tea party compared with the Exorcist films. Silviu Purcarete’s production of this imaginative but uneven opera by Peter Eötvös is troublingly cool, tasteful and careful.