23 May 2006
Macbeth, Seattle Opera
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 George Loomis [Financial Times, 23 May 2006]
Startlingly, blood begins to ooze from the walls during the sleepwalking scene of Bernard Uzan’s production of Macbeth in Seattle, seeping down the panels of Robert Israel’s stark set in mockery of Lady Macbeth’s attempt at hygiene. This one sensational moment is effective because of Uzan’s perceptive treatment of the drama elsewhere.