07 Feb 2006
La clemenza di Tito Oper, Frankfurt
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, 7 February 2006]
The glamour of ruling is at best superficial. There are few more lonely jobs, and none where you can be less sure of your friends. Mozart makes all this painfully clear in La clemenza di Tito, his bittersweet final opera seria. The crowds praise the emperor's clemency, but you can hear Titus's rage and melancholy in every bar.