26 Jan 2009
The Beggar’s Opera, Linbury Theatre, London
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 Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 22 January 2009]
If ever there was a time for the son of John Gay to arise, this is it. His successor would surely revel in the era of the credit crunch and turn out a 21st-century hit to match The Beggar’s Opera in its caricaturing of the prime minister of the day and lampooning of greed and corruption.