30 Jul 2006
Boris Godunov — Royal Opera House, London
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.
Erica Jeal [Guardian, 29 July 2006]
You would have to go a long way to find a staging as old as the Boris Godunov brought over from Moscow by the Bolshoi Opera for its first Covent Garden visit - or one so steeped in history. It's a museum piece, but it's worth the preservation. Boris is the quintessential Russian opera, and Leonid Baratov's staging is what it has looked like at the Bolshoi since 1948; it's fascinating to speculate as to exactly who must have seen it.