09 Mar 2009
Bel canto, an escape into beauty
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.
Igor Toronyi-Lalic [Times Online, 9 March 2009]
The sets are moth-eaten, the staging is fusty, the opera itself dramatically awkward. But when the Royal Opera House presents its current revival of Pier Luigi Pizzi’s decades-old production of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, no one concentrates on any of that. The opera glasses are all pointed at Anna Netrebko, the starrily glamorous Russian diva who has made the role of Giulietta one of her favourite party pieces. And it is she who has won the critical plaudits.