12 Aug 2010
Eugene Onegin, Royal Opera House, 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 Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 12 August 2010]
The Bolshoi Ballet has dazzled London audiences with its jumps, leaps and spins, and returned to Moscow. Now it is the turn of the Bolshoi Opera, which is following in its footsteps for a short run of four performances of the company’s 2006 production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin - the one that caused such a furore back home.