28 Feb 2006
Death in Venice, Frankfurt 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, 28 February 2006]
It comes as a shock. The familiar Venice skyline appears inverted, the Piazza San Marco's towers now spears descending heavily to envelop the stage in blackness. Frankfurt Opera's new Death in Venice will be remembered for its closing image, if at all.