10 Nov 2008
Between Hell and Heaven, a World of Morphing Imagery
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 ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 10 November 2008]
The most talked-about element of the director Robert Lepage’s new production of Berlioz’s “Damnation de Faust” for the Metropolitan Opera, which opened on Friday night, is sure to be its stunning use of video imagery. Working with the interactive video designer Holger Förterer, Mr. Lepage has created a staging in which eerily detailed video depictions of everything from a grassy field to a fiery hell shift and morph in response to the movements and singing of the cast and chorus.