22 Sep 2010
Les Vêpres siciliennes, De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam
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 Francis Carlin [Financial Times, 22 September 2010]
Duchess Hélène, Henri, a young Sicilian, and Jean Procida, a local doctor, are determined to free Sicily from the yoke of its bloodthirsty French governor, Guy de Montfort, who just happens to be Henri’s secret father.