19 Nov 2008
Hölderin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin
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, 18 November 2008]
Presumably there was no curse upon the Berlin Staatsoper, but there might as well have been one. When Peter Mussbach penned the libretto for Peter Ruzicka’s new opera, Hölderlin, the Intendant of the Berlin Staatsoper meant to stage it himself. Six months before the planned opening, political ructions led to Mussbach’s ousting.