17 Jun 2010
The Love for Three Oranges, Grange Park Opera, UK
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 Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 17 June 2010]
Was it a Tardis or only a common-or-garden police box? The zany fantasy of The Love for Three Oranges does not inhabit any particular time or space, so when a devil blows the lovesick Prince to the ends of the earth, there seems no reason why this production should not have him travel in style, like a fantastical Doctor Who.