10 Dec 2008
Rusalka, La Monnaie, Brussels
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 Francis Carlin [Financial Times, 10 December 2008]
If being a good artist is knowing when to stop, then Stefan Herheim’s staging of Dvorák’s best-loved opera fails the test. He and Krzysztof Warlikowski are part of a new generation of producers who have dumped misérabilisme and put the fun back into opera with extravagant sets and stimulating cross references.