01 Jun 2006
L’Elisir d’amore, Paris Opera (Bastille)
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, 1 June 2006]
Donizetti’s delightful comedy has been cold-shouldered in the past at the Paris Opera. It only turned up in 1987 in a borrowed Otto Schenk staging first seen in Vienna in 1973. Now Laurent Pelly has applied his trusty technique in a production destined to become core repertoire. The irony is that this is occurring during the reign of Gerard Mortier, who hates this sort of harmless entertainment.