16 Mar 2006
Polyeucte, Grand Théâtre Massenet, Saint-Etienne
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 Francis Carlin [Financial Times 16 March 2006]
They are doing Carry on Christians in Saint-Etienne, a dizzy Technicolor show that is as camp as Christmas. Alexandre Heyraud’s interlocking series of red colonnades is simple and practical but management should have taken the costume designer Frédéric Pineau aside and stopped him spending the entire municipal budget at the local fabric warehouse. Pineau’s riotous pastel togas and headdresses are right out of a 1950s time-warp.