11 Oct 2005
Pelléas et Mélisande in Glasgow
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.
Andrew Clements [The Guardian, 11 October 2005]
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has a new music director, the 33-year-old Frenchman Stéphane Denève, and this season's programmes have a certain freshness, with Denève's imprint clear to see. He is certainly putting his French connections to good use: a predominantly French-speaking cast had been assembled for this performance, including Natalie Dessay, who was singing the role of Mélisande for the first time.