16 Mar 2006
A Composer Bypasses the Narrative for a Philosophical Vision of Faust
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.
(Photo: Pascal Gely / RF)
By ALAN RIDING [NY Times, 16 March 2006]
LYON, France, March 10 — Endlessly revisited over the last five centuries, the legend of Faust and his pact with the Devil may not seem like a highly original subject for Pascal Dusapin's new opera, "Faustus, the Last Night." Indeed, in the 19th century alone, Faust inspired operas by Louis Spohr, Hector Berlioz, Charles-François Gounod and Arrigo Boito.