21 Oct 2008
A complicated beast
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.
Nicholas Wroe [The Guardian, 18 October 2008]
The published version of Ian McEwan's libretto for Michael Berkeley's opera For You became a collector's item even before its launch in June. There is a signed limited edition hardback, but the standard paperback contains the same bibliographic oddity: on the first page, it proudly announces that the opera received its first performance on "31 May 2008 at Theatr Brycheiniog". It didn't. The opera will be premiered at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio later this month, having been postponed just a few days before the planned premiere in Brecon, an event that should have been one of the highlights of this year's Hay festival.