01 Mar 2006
Cri de Coeur
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.
Tchaikovsky’s epic nationalist drama Mazeppa has its Met broadcast premiere this month. Does the opera offer clues about its composer’s own dark nights of the soul? GRANT HAYTER-MENZIES looks at the evidence.
[Opera News, 1 March 2006]
Mazeppa is, paradoxically, an opera rich with utter loss: a father loses a daughter, then his life; a woman loses her lover, then her reason; a patriot loses his country and the woman for whom he risked everything.