14 Dec 2008
Cheers before bedtime
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.
Fiona Maddocks [The Observer, Sunday 14 December 2008]
Trouble should be in the air the moment the tipsy husband lurches in greeting his wife with ‘Hello Mother’, then jumps on top of her while the children are gnawing the furniture next door. You can throw all of Freud at the hungry household of Hänsel und Gretel, where dysfunction rules and the Brothers Grimm are at their darkest.