26 Nov 2010
Hugh the Drover, Cadogan Hall, 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 Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 26 November 2010]
When Ralph Vaughan Williams set out, early in his career, to turn a boxing match into opera, he could hardly have chosen a more impractical challenge. In the event, he did rather well: the fight between Hugh and his rival in love brings the first half of Hugh the Drover to a rousing climax.