06 Feb 2007
Madama Butterfly, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
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.
Neil Fisher [Times Online, 6 February 2007]
How much you get out of Welsh National Opera’s indestructible production of Madama Butterfly slightly depends on your political inclinations. Do you burn with shame for Pinkerton’s colonialist treatment of his innocent victim as much as you feel for her plight? Then Joachim Herz’s vitriolic 1978 production is definitely for you. The sets might be that timeless Seventies beige, but the moral battle here is definitely black and white.