16 Feb 2009
Blacked-out opera debuts in bar
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.
[BBC News, 16 February 2009]
The cast of a new opera was forced into an impromptu debut in the bar of the Royal Opera House after a power cut.
The lights went out 10 minutes into the press night of composer George Benjamin’s updated Pied Piper story, Into the Little Hill, on Saturday.