02 Jan 2008
Hansel and Gretel, Metropolitan Opera, New York
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.
(Photo by Ken Howard courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera)
By Martin Bernheimer [Financial Times, 1 January 2008]
Remember Hansel and Gretel? Remember Engelbert Humperdinck’s marvellously gooey, quasi-Wagnerian opera about folksy babes in the wood, evil spirits on broomsticks, winged angels selling solace, sentimental piety über alles and rose-coloured salvation? Forget it.