23 Mar 2010
La Voix humaine/Herzog Blaubarts Burg, Oper der Stadt Köln
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 Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 23 March 2010]
There is no more potent pairing in opera than Poulenc’s monodrama about a suicidal woman and Bartók’s two-hander about an abusive man.