18 Nov 2010
Curtain set to go up on Royal Opera House's £8.3m workshop
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 Charlotte Higgins [The Guardian 18 November 2010]
The Royal Opera House's grand projet in the north of England - a full-blown branch in Manchester - has been quietly shelved because of straitened times. But its other ambitious scheme - a magnificent new production workshop in Purfleet, on the Thames in Essex - is about to open with, for the first and last time, the staging of an opera.