05 Oct 2006
Der Rosenkavalier, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
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 Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 5 October 2006]
Conventional wisdom tells us that Strauss’s “comedy for music” is at best a Viennese masquerade, at worst a succession of highlights for which we pay with extended longueurs – a bit like Wagner, except the highlights come sugar-coated. That’s not the way it appears in David McVicar’s classic production. In a performance as good as this, Der Rosenkavalier becomes a continuous thread of voices, instrumental and vocal, that coalesce into a witty, sentimental drama. The result is to leave the audience moved as much as entertained, which certainly was the case on Wednesday.