26 Mar 2009
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 Jeff Smith [San Diego Weekly Reader, 18 March 2009]
The Brecht police will probably snipe at the San Diego Rep’s Threepenny Opera: how it fails to achieve this or that aspect of his “Epic Theater.” And the production is open to potshots. But the Sam Woodhouse-directed show not only re-creates Brecht’s notion of a primitive opera that turns the grandiose into a “dirty joke,” it’s one of the Rep’s finest efforts in quite some time.