27 Jan 2009
Choking Princess Draws Cheers, Robber Gets Greedy: Paris Opera
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 Jorg von Uthmann [Bloomberg, 27 January 2009]
Philippe Boesmans’s women lead perilous lives. The heroine of “Julie,” his penultimate opera, seduces her valet and then, disgusted by her faux pas, cuts her own throat. The composer’s new stage work, “Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy,” also ends badly: To the delight of the royal court, the prince’s wife chokes to death on a fishbone.