15 May 2011
Rigoletto, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
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 Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 15 May 2011]
How do you create “inner” realism in opera without recourse to the sort of “outer” realism that stifles the imagination? It is a question that preoccupied Verdi but finds little resonance in opera production today. Thrashing around for something new to say about familiar works, most companies propose either a superficial update of the composer’s scenic descriptions or something so far removed from them that what we see bears no relation to what we hear.