20 Mar 2007
Munich Mussorgsky Revival Mixes Liturgy With Torture and Murder
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.
[Paata Burchuladze (Iwan Chowansky)]
By Shirley Apthorp [Bloomberg.com, 20 March 2007]
March 20 (Bloomberg) -- Things are getting rough on the stage of Munich's National Theater. Soldiers in bulky jackets and balaclavas tape corpses into body bags. Some swig vodka, others gaze vacantly into space. These are hardened men, cynics, still traumatized by what they have seen.