22 Apr 2011
Salome, Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg Easter Festival
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, 22 April 2011]
A gigantic moon, symbol of obsession, gazes out at the audience of this year’s Salzburg Easter Festival. Literally. Some way into the action, a series of eyes open and blink back at us from between lunar craters. As we watch, we are seen.