16 Jul 2010
The Duchess of Malfi, Great Eastern Quay, 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 Laura Battle [Financial Times, 16 July 2010]
One trend in the arts in recent years has been a growing audience for one-off projects, people who are not interested in art, theatre or music per se, but in events. Generally, they are young and hungry for new experiences, and institutions have been quick to capitalise. That tickets for The Duchess of Malfi, a new opera installation presented by English National Opera and the experimental theatre group Punchdrunk, sold out in six hours gives some measure of the demand.