11 Oct 2010
Promised End, Linbury Theatre, 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, 11 October 2010]
The tragedy of King Lear casts a long and dark shadow. Few composers have successfully turned Shakespeare’s play into an opera: it was one of Verdi’s most treasured projects, but he never brought it to fruition, and Aribert Reimann’s Lear, widely performed at the end of the 1970s not least thanks to Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s championing of the title role, is less visible now.