28 Feb 2007
The Excursions of Mr Broucek, Barbican, London
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, 27 February 2007]
There are occasions when a conductor is so inside a piece of music that, even if you are not familiar with the idiom or might not warm to it under other circumstances, the performance persuades you on its own terms. That will surely have been the experience of many on Sunday, when Jirí Belohlávek led a “concert staging” of Janácek’s The Excursions of Mr Broucek.