28 May 2008
Il prigioniero/Bluebeard’s Castle, La Scala, Milan
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: Marco Brescia, Archivio Fotografico del Teatro alla Scala)
By George Loomis [Financial Times, 27 May 2008]
It was good to pair Luigi Dallapiccola’s Il prigioniero with Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle but then it was good to revive Il prigioniero period, even if this one-act opera by the most lyrical of Italian dodecaphonists was staged just last month at the Paris Opera.