22 Sep 2010
The Makropulos Case, 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 Tim Ashley [The Guardian, 22 September 2010]
Though many would regard Amanda Roocroft as a variable artist, she has developed of late into a fine Janáček interpreter, turning in performances as Katya Kabanova at Glyndebourne and Jenůfa for English National Opera that have been remarkable for their emotional and theatrical veracity. For ENO's revival of Christopher Alden's 2006 production of The Makropulos Case, she adds Emilia Marty to her repertoire, and proves no less exceptional in what for many is the most complex role in the composer's output.