21 Oct 2007
This Time, No Laughing at the Witches
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 MATTHEW GUREWITSCH [NY Times, 21 October 2007]
THOUGH few would deny that Verdi’s “Macbeth,” based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, is a work of genius, experts may disagree about the true nature of Verdi’s achievement. Adrian Noble, a former director of the Royal Shakespeare Company in London who has staged the play twice, points to Verdi’s scene of Scottish refugees lamenting the state of their country under the tyrant’s yoke, a far cry from Shakespeare’s political game of cat-and-mouse among fugitive Scottish nobles.