28 Feb 2009
The compelling Dutchman
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 Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 24 February 2009]
For a fairly popular opera, Der fliegende Holländer does not come round often. Like Wagner’s anti-hero, cursed to wander the seas and only put in to land every seven years, the work itself seems fated to be an infrequent visitor, forever in search of the elusive production that might be worthy of it.