19 Oct 2009
German soprano Nadja Michael gives a staggering performance as Salome at S.F. 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 Richard Scheinin [Mercury News, 19 October 2009]
In Richard Strauss’ “Salome,” a teenage nymphomaniac princess discovers her inner necrophilia. At the opera’s conclusion, she kisses the crimson lips of the severed head of a prophet, John the Baptist, served to her on a silver platter. Top that, Quentin Tarantino.