10 Nov 2008
Susan Bullock on how Elektra took her through hell and high Cs
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.
Neil Fisher [Times Online, 8 November 2008]
I hear Susan Bullock before I actually meet her. And what I hear is pretty disturbing. I am skulking through the vaults of the Royal Opera House; her powerful soprano, with its rich vibrato wrapped around a steely core, is blasting out of the Tannoy on the wall. And, if I know my Richard Strauss, Bullock is currently urging her long-lost brother to kill her mother. With an axe. That her character has been keeping in a hole in the dirt. Which is also where she lives.