05 Aug 2005
Boris Godunov at Covent Garden
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.
George Hall [The Guardian, 3 August 2005]
The Kirov Opera's week-long visit to Covent Garden opens with Mussorgsky's great historical epic, Boris Godunov. It is played in the original 1869 version, in a staging first seen in St Petersburg in 2002. The souvenir programme credits Valery Gergiev and designer George Tsypin for the "stage conception", which implies that the Kirov's artistic supremo and chief conductor holds responsibility for the visual as well as the musical side of the show. If so, he should have left it to the others.