10 Jun 2011
Tosca, 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, 10 June 2011]
Five years ago there was apprehension when the Royal Opera announced that it was disposing of its classic Zeffirelli production of Tosca, the one that can be seen in the historic film with Maria Callas. Now its successor is also going to be filmed and an all-star cast is being assembled especially for the last two performances of this revival.