27 Apr 2006
Der Fliegende Holländer, Aalto Music Theatre, Essen
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, 27 April 2006]
Senta slits the Flying Dutchman’s throat with a razor. After all, she vowed to stay faithful unto death. Better, surely, than flinging herself over a cliff. He gets his longed-for freedom, she finally gets to assert herself.