01 Oct 2006
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
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.
Geoff Brown at Covent Garden [Times Online, 2 October 2006]
FEW recent musical parties have been as prolonged and extensive as Shostakovich’s. Even moles in their tunnels must know that he was born 100 years ago, had troubles with Stalin and wrote 15 noisy symphonies. The Royal Opera House’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, winner of the 2005 Olivier award for Best New Opera Production, was an obvious choice for a centenary revival. Who could resist this knickerbocker glory of sex, violence, satire and tragedy?