14 Apr 2010
Proserpina, Opera House, Wuppertal
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 Shirley Apthorp [Financial Times, 14 April 2010]
Simulated sex is the order of the day. Klotho and Lachesis dry-hump Proserpina and each other in a giant high-heeled shoe, in a gynaecologist’s chair, on a hospital bed; various body parts are licked and sucked, orifices are penetrated. The Underworld is not treating Proserpina nicely. Neither Goethe’s text nor Wolfgang Rihm’s music quite cover it. So director Hans Neuenfels has filled in the blanks.