26 Jun 2006
Weill Double Bill, Opéra national de Lyon
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, 26 June 2006]
The Lindbergh Flight and The Seven Deadly Sins are stylistically opposed examples of Kurt Weill’s work with Brecht. The first, a little-known arid cantata that echoes Hindemith, is a didactic hymn to man’s courage, the second – frequently performed – is a withering satire on religious hypocrisy with Weill in a recognisably jaunty mood. Pairing the two is a long shot, but it pays off magnificently here thanks to François Girard’s imaginative, foot-sure stagings.