06 Feb 2006
Alceste, Stuttgart State Opera
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 Shirley Apthorp [Financial Times, 6 February 2006]
Gluck's Alceste has a tenuous existence in a world of strict and joyless faith. Her decision to sacrifice her own life in order to save her husband is not one that makes anybody happy.