12 Aug 2005
Der lustige Krieg at Bregenz
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.
Der lustige Krieg, Bregenz Festival
By Larry L Lash [Financial Times, 12 August 2005]
With operetta an endangered species, thanks are due to the Bregenz Festival for dusting-off Johann Strauss's big hit of 1881, Der lustige Krieg. Written seven years after Die Fledermaus and forgotten by the intrusion of the 20th century, it shows Strauss as tuneful as ever, but abandoning the strict "numbers" approach to operetta and developing a more sophisticated compositional style.