07 Feb 2006
Verdi's Poisoned Doge Receives Fascistic Staging in Hamburg
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
Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) -- In 1363, Simone Boccanegra was fatally poisoned at one of his own banquets, gleefully watched by his political rivals. The first Doge of Genoa was a commoner, hated by the nobility, with a tenuous hold on power and plenty of enemies.