16 Mar 2010
Platée, Opéra national du Rhin, Strasbourg
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, 16 March 2010]
Taking on Rameau’s only comic work Platée in France is like trying to remake a famous film. Laurent Pelly’s staging for the Paris Opera in 1999, which is still in repertoire and also a DVD, has rightly or wrongly become a template.