20 Mar 2006
Eugene Onegin, Royal Opera House, London
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 Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 19 March 2006]
Thought, dream, reality: where does one end and the other begin? It’s a question the Royal Opera’s new production of Eugene Onegin constantly poses as it follows Tatyana from the naïve open steppes of the Larina estate to the fur- coated sophistication of St Petersburg. Past, present and future are strung together on the thread of the wish running through them – the wish of romantic fulfilment. Reminiscence and anticipation haunt Pushkin’s tale as they do Tchaikovsky’s music, both poised between a past they recapitulate and a future they foretell.