20 Sep 2010
Fidelio, Welsh National Opera/ In the Penal Colony, Music Theatre Wales
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 Rupert Christiansen [The Telegraph, 20 September 2010]
Published: 5:56PM BST 20 Sep 2010
Welsh National Opera has imported from Bordeaux a two-dimensional staging of Beethoven’s Fidelio, directed by Giuseppe Frigeni. It eliminates virtually all the dialogue and strips the action to a skeleton, avoiding any pretence of realism. The first act takes place against the background of one wall of a salon of Beethoven’s era and two walls of a high barred cage; the latter forms the only scenery for the second act.