25 Mar 2011
A Magical 'Flute' Without the Fanfare
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 Paul Levy [WSJ, 25 March 2011]
LONDON—Is it possible to get to the essence of Mozart and his librettist Emanuel Schikaneder's opera "Die Zauberflöte"? Peter Brook's bare-boards adaptation, "A Magic Flute," at the Barbican, does just that; it strips away the Masonic lore, the sets—reduced to a forest of freestanding flexible poles—and even the orchestra.