26 Mar 2009
Kentridge's 'Return of Ulysses'
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.
Joshua Kosman [San Francisco Chronicle, 26 March 2009]
The Wagnerian ideal of opera as a “total work of art” combining elements of various disciplines need not yield grandiose results. They can be as intimate and precise as director William Kentridge’s exquisite production of “The Return of Ulysses,” which opened an all-too-brief weeklong run at Project Artaud Theatre on Tuesday night.