15 Jun 2011
Les Huguenots, 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 Francis Carlin [Financial Times, 15 June 2011]
Meyerbeer’s grand French operas were very much creatures of their time, bloated extravaganzas that needed the considerable resources of the Paris Opera to work. If they are so rarely performed today, it has nothing to do with a cabal manoeuvring behind the scenes as so many of his fans claim, but because they are too demanding and overlong.