26 Jan 2009
The Gambler, Opéra de Lyon, France
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 Francis Carlin [Financial Times, 25 January 2009]
Ever resourceful, Serge Dorny, the intendant in Lyons, has found another clever theme for his annual opera festival. This year, it’s “Lost Heroes” and features In the Penal Colony (Philip Glass), Le vin herbé (Frank Martin) and The Gambler, Prokofiev’s first complete opera.