11 Nov 2005
'Fidelio' holds you captive ... but not in a good way
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.
Joshua Kosman [SF Chronicle, 11 November 2005]
Opera doesn't get much timelier or more topical than Wednesday's opening performance of Beethoven's "Fidelio" at the San Francisco Opera. Here, as if plucked from that day's headlines, were the grim cell blocks and torture chambers where government figures pursue their secret agendas without oversight or accountability.
Sound familiar? I thought so.