05 Mar 2008
Rusalka, Operaen, Store Scene, Copenhagen
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: Thomas Petri)
By Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 5 March 2008]
In the daylight it must almost be possible to see Copenhagen’s emblematic Little Mermaid from the splendid new opera house across the water. Dvorák’s Rusalka is based on a Czech folk tale rather than Hans Christian Andersen’s celebrated story, but there are enough similarities to make the opera an essential choice for the Royal Theatre in Denmark.