19 Oct 2006
Berlioz's `Troyens' Has Battles, Wooden Horse at Paris Opera
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 Jorg von Uthmann [Bloomberg.com, 19 October 2006]
Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Hector Berlioz never saw a complete performance of his monumental opera ``Les Troyens.'' Only in 1921, 52 years after his death, did the Paris Opera dare to stage all five acts, though with substantial cuts.