03 May 2007
Eugene Onegin, Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre, Moscow
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 George Loomis [Financial Times, 3 May 2007]
The Stanislavsky theatre, as it is popularly known, has a logo bearing the outline of a classical building with four columns. Most will see a nod to the dawn of western theatre but the design in fact alludes to the performance venue of Stanislavsky’s Bolshoi Theatre Opera Studio, a columned, former ballroom in the centuries-old house the great director occupied in Moscow.