27 Apr 2009
Lulu, Opéra de Lyon
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, 21 April 2009]
Depraved, amoral, exploited, manipulated but also manipulating. Lulu fascinates because she’s so hard to pin down, leaving us unsure whether we should pity the fallen harlot who meets her sordid end at the hands of Jack the Ripper or conclude that she simply got her just deserts. This is, after all, a morality play.