11 Apr 2011
Le Freischütz, Opéra Comique, Paris
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 Francis Carlin [Financial Times, 11 April 2011]
When the Paris Opera decided to put on Weber’s Der Freischütz in 1841, it commissioned Berlioz to write the recitatives to replace the original spoken dialogue. He agreed but reluctantly; an outspoken critic of meddling with a composer’s intentions, he knew that if he refused, somebody with less respect for Weber would volunteer.