05 Jul 2010
Don Giovanni, Glyndebourne, Sussex, England
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, 5 July 2010]
It started well enough, with a deliberately unannounced blackout and - bang! - those fearsome, fateful chords calling everyone to attention. The message was clear: this performance aimed to grip its audience and not let go. Good intentions, for sure, but from that point onwards,