10 Nov 2008
Elektra's score is revelatory
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 Barry Millington [Evening Standard, 10 November 2008]
After hearing the news of the hated Aegisth’s murder, Elektra disports herself in a wild, triumphal dance. Susan Bullock brings her searing performance in the title role of Covent Garden’s revival of Strauss’s opera to a climax with a maenadic sequence of earthy physicality before submitting to a bloody death herself.