03 Mar 2006
Euryanthe, Dresden Semperoper
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, 2 March 2006]
There are reasons for the relative obscurity of Weber’s Euryanthe. The libretto is full of cringe-inducing rhymes and the story, which hinges on the imperative of feminine fidelity, is hard to like.
Vera Nemirova’s new production tackles the problems head on and triumphs. With Jun Märkl’s lean, intelligent conducting and a cast of stars, this is a landmark interpretation.