02 Aug 2010
Dionysos, Haus für Mozart, Salzburg
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, 2 August 2010]
Poor Nietzsche. He fell out with Wagner, pronounced God dead and was posthumously reviled because of his championing by Nazi ideologists. Today, when talking about the man and his contribution to philosophy, we tend to focus on Nietzsche’s Übermensch concept while forgetting the tragedy of his life. Nietzsche never managed to form a lasting personal relationship. He went insane, remaining silent for his final 10 years. And he wrote poetry that, however picturesque in its fragmentary images, sometimes reads like the ramblings of a madman.