12 Jan 2011
Carmen, I've cracked you
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 Daniel Kramer [The Guardian, 12 January 2011]
In 2007, after six years working as a theatre director, the English National Opera asked me to direct Harrison Birtwistle's opera Punch and Judy. I was joyous - until I heard the music. It sounded like mutant toads belching on a broken assembly line. But I had to make it work. I locked myself up for six weeks and listened to the music over and over, forcing myself to try to understand what each clarinet and trumpet, each wacky drum beat was saying.