23 May 2006
Die Fledermaus at Glyndebourne
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.
Tim Ashley [Guardian, 23 May 2006]
Towards the end of Stephen Lawless's production of Die Fledermaus, Robert Tear, cast as the useless lawyer Blind, is discovered dressed in fishnet tights and a petticoat. "I'm wearing a Freudian slip," he announces. Cross-dressing and psychoanalysis are but two of Lawless's reference points in his darkly funny version of Johann Strauss's great critique of hedonism and the sexual vagaries of mid-life crises.