30 Jan 2006
Mazeppa, Opéra national de Lyon
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 Francis Carlin [Financial Times, 30 January 2006]
Mazeppa and his henchman Orlik ride handsome steeds and Cossacks throw themselves into traditional dancing. Anna Maria Heinreich's costumes are historically accurate when the norm these days is an anarchic confusion of styles (or laziness masquerading as universal insight).