19 Oct 2010
Wexford Festival Opera, Ireland
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 Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 19 October 2010]
Every artistic decision is a financial decision, and every financial decision an artistic one. The words came from Wexford’s artistic director, David Agler, during a discussion on Monday of his opera festival’s precarious prospects, but they could just as well have been uttered by any other recession-hit impresario. The job of artists is to dream dreams - and then to find the resources to realise them.