13 Oct 2005
Arias on the Street — The Bolshoi's new "Magic Flute" features sprayed-on graffiti and a Volga car.
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 Raymond Stults [Moscow Times, 14 October 2005]
In an early bow toward next year's 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Bolshoi premiered a new production of the composer's last opera, "The Magic Flute," at its New Stage last Friday. The modern-dress staging was created in collaboration with a British team led by Graham Vick, the artistic director of Birmingham Opera Company.