08 Jun 2010
A Dog's Heart, Het Muziektheatre, Amsterdam
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, 8 June 2010]
What does it take to be human? Surgeon Philipp Philippovich transplants a human pituitary gland and testicles into a dog. Within a week, the creature is playing the balalaika, smoking and demanding the evening paper.