23 Sep 2008
A daring return to simplicity
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, 22 September 2008]
Tradition is the new concept. Tired of extreme productions that mystify or alienate audiences, opera companies are returning to a pictorial style that tells the story with minimal fuss. The change is not a whim of fashion.