24 Oct 2006
A 'Caligula' who speaks to our many demons
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 [International Herald Tribune, 24 October 2006]
FRANKFURT In an interview, the composer Detlev Glanert said he was drawn to Albert Camus's play "Caligula" because, rather than having characters who interact with one another, it centers on a single character who dominates the others. That's putting it mildly, but another, more down-to- earth answer might be that the play is crammed with violence, an ingredient long cherished by opera composers.