11 Jul 2009
The Royal Opera's 2008-9 season ends in a blaze of glory with Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Puccini's Tosca
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 Rupert Christiansen [Daily Telegraph, 10 July 2009]
The Royal Opera’s 2008-9 season ends in a blaze of glory with a superb revival. Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia will never feature in a list of my thousand favourite operas, but in a performance as delicious as this was, even I couldn’t resist its charms.