08 Dec 2008
The Damnation of Faust
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 Kenneth Walton [The Scotsman, 8 December 2008]
IT WAS intended to be a highlight of the RSNO season. If I’m not wrong, Saturday’s memorable performance of Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust will ultimately prove to be the highlight of all the current orchestral seasons put together. It was an absolute knock-out.