11 Oct 2006
La Scala's Risky Choice of Conductor Pays Off in `Don Giovanni'
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 Shirley Apthorp [Bloomberg.com, 11 October 2006]
Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) -- La Scala's new ``Don Giovanni'' is nihilist, minimalist and high-risk.
Blank walls, black-and white-costumes and a total absence of frippery characterize Peter Mussbach's somber take on Mozart's work, heralding closer links between the Milanese house and the distant Berlin Staatsoper.