25 Nov 2008
La traviata, Komische Oper 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, 24 November 2008]
This Violetta has her pimp with her, a well-built and violent young man. We know that he is violent because he has knives. We know that he is well-built because he is half naked. At Flora’s party, the assembled party guests hold him fast and cut out his heart. Alfred and Douphol take turns sticking skewers into the excised organ instead of playing cards. It spurts little gouts of blood. The pimp later reappears, heartless but otherwise whole.