17 Mar 2008
Wozzeck, La Monnaie, Brussels
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 Shirley Apthorp [Financial Times, 16 March 2008]
Blood, mud and madness are the key ingredients of David Freeman’s new Wozzeck for Brussels’ La Monnaie. At the end of the evening, when Marie’s throat has been slit and Wozzeck has sunk to his death beneath the murky water, it is Alban Berg’s music that leaves the strongest impression, a timeless story flawlessly told.