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.
Jane Clifford [San Diego Union, 22 March 2009]
Martin Vargic is in the kitchen, making his specialty - tartar beef, while his wife, L’ubica Vargicová, makes sure guests have something to munch on - from salty nuts to sweet cream puffs. She alternates the role of gracious hostess with referee, monitoring typical sibling mischief between 6-year-old Jakob and 13-year-old Margareta.