11 Apr 2007
"Giulio Cesare," Crocodile-style
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 Carlo Vitali [MusicalAmerica.com, 10 April 2007]
GENOA – The late Herbert Wernicke’s controversial yet witty Handel-ian send-up of “Giulio Cesare” is best described as a kind of neo-Baroque pasticcio, featuring arias from such other of the composer’s operas as “Rinaldo”, “Orlando” or “Tolomeo,” and re-arranged numbers occasionally re-distributed among the characters. Judging by the reception the revival of this 1998 production received April 1 at Teatro Carlo Felice, the piece has achieved cult status, even in the eyes of the Italian public, which is generally wary of such German-style regie-theater.