07 Dec 2009
Iphigénie, La Monnaie, Brussels
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.
[Financial Times, 7 December 2009]
By the simple expedient of stringing two Gluck operas together, Brussels’ La Monnaie has come up with an evening of Wagnerian proportions. For five hours, Iphigénie and Diana warily circle around one another. Surprisingly little blood is shed.