02 Jun 2010
The Pearl Fishers, Coliseum, 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 Clements [The Guardian, 2 June 2010]
If it did not include one of the most popular of all operatic lollipops - the tenor-and-baritone duet Au Fond du Temple Saint - surely no one would bother too much with The Pearl Fishers. It would be consigned to semi-obscurity, along with Bizet’s other lesser known stage works such as Ivan IV and La Jolie Fille de Perth (a far more convincing piece dramatically), leaving Carmen the only regular in the repertory.