23 Nov 2005
Cosi Fan Tutte — Komische Oper, Berlin
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.
Tim Ashley [The Guardian, 23 November 2005]
Peter Konwitschny's new production of Cosi Fan Tutte examines sex as an eruptive force of nature that needs to be accepted as such if we are ever to live with it. "I seem to have Vesuvius in my breast," Dorabella sings, as her growing desire for Guglielmo sweeps thoughts of Ferrando from her mind. Nature, of which she is a part, convulses appropriately with her words: she and Guglielmo snaffle round each other like animals, as steam hisses through the floor and lava trickles round their feet.