07 Sep 2009
Rusalka, Norwegian National Opera, Oslo
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 Desmond Chewyn [Financial Times, 7 September 2009]
The first ever production of Antonín Dvorák’s Rusalka in Norway marked not just the opening of the ambitious 2009/2010 season but also an exciting beginning for a new artistic team at Norwegian National Opera. The Glaswegian stage director Paul Curran unveiled his first season opener as the company’s new director of opera, choosing to multi-task by directing the work himself.