08 Feb 2011
Parsifal, La Monnaie, Brussels
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 February 2011]
Despite Japanese bondage, contortion, army camouflage, a long view up a supernumerary’s vagina, and a large albino python, Romeo Castellucci’s new Parsifal for Brussels’ La Monnaie is not particularly shocking. This is the radical Italian theatre director’s first venture into the world of large-scale opera, and he approaches it with his characteristically anti-dramatic abstraction.