31 Oct 2010
The Marriage of Figaro, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
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 Kate Molleson [Guardian, 31 October 2010]
Those three stars are a midway compromise: Scottish Opera's new Figaro is great on stage, shoddy in the pit. Maybe the dichotomy's apt for an opera about the foibles of above/below stairs relations - certainly conductor Francesco Corti seemed happy for singers and orchestra to have little to do with each other.