22 Nov 2009
The Tsarina’s Slippers, Royal Opera House, London
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, 22 November 2009]
Have you ever wondered what lies inside those gift-wrapped boxes that adorn department store windows in the run-up to Christmas? Their purpose is to entice consumers through the door but they work on the Russian doll principle. You unwrap layer after layer until you find there is nothing inside.