03 Feb 2011
Lucrezia Borgia, London Coliseum
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 February 2011]
Later in the run, this production will be the first live opera to be seen in 3D when it is broadcast to cinemas and on satellite television. With the advance publicity warning of “scenes of a sexual nature”, everything seemed to be in place for a show as three-dimensionally lurid on stage as the story of Lucrezia Borgia is said to have been in real life.