01 Jun 2010
Spoleto So Far: intense piano music, funny dance, a spare opera and a change at the top
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 Jeffrey Day [Free Times, 1June 2010]
Even after going to the Spoleto Festival for 20 years now, I kind of freak out about everything I’ve jammed into my schedule — usually 15 performances in five days — and how little I really know about most of it. The first day is nuts, but the second day I feel like I’ve been there for a week, and by that time I’ve seen something really good or at least interesting.