03 Jan 2011
Hansel and Gretel, Royal Opera House, 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 Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 3 January 2011]
The most heartwarming moment at this matinee performance was the roar of applause that went up as Hansel and Gretel gleefully upended the Witch into her oven for a roasting. It had been clear in the foyer that there were a large number of children among the audience, but until then the silence in the theatre had suggested they were all asleep.