09 Feb 2009
Frozen hand, chilly staging
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, 6 February 2009]
Traditionally, when Rodolfo tells Mimì “Your tiny hand is frozen”, it is not because of the Arctic winds and blizzards. The harsh winter weather that caused transport disruption on Monday also resulted in the opening night of English National Opera’s new production of La bohème and its live satellite television relay being postponed to Wednesday.