27 Jan 2009
Yvonne, princesse de Bourgogne, Paris Opera (Garnier)
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, 26 January 2009]
Philippe Boesmans’ new opera is a co-production with the Wiener Festwochen and La Monnaie in Brussels but the warm reception the world premiere received in Paris on Saturday suggests it will make it to many more theatres in coming years.