22 Oct 2006
Maria Stuarda, Staatsoper Berlin
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 [Financial Times, 22 October 2006]
When the Deutsche Oper Berlin cancelled its run of Idomeneo because of a fictitious Islamic threat, the world sat up and watched. But something of far more note was happening just across the city in the Staatsoper. A good opera production! And that in Berlin!