13 Aug 2006
Amid beggars and a divided society, it's back to the cabaret years for Berlin
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.
From Roger Boyes in Berlin [Times Online, 14 August 2006]
THE Roaring Twenties, the raciest era in German history, staged a dramatic comeback at the weekend when the country’s elite turned out in force to applaud and boo a new production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera.