24 Oct 2011
Oedipe, 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, 24 October 2011]
Oratorio or opera? Enescu’s only work for the stage is such a fascinating score that the question seems of secondary importance. First performed at the Paris Opera in 1936 and very rarely heard since, Oedipe is Enescu’s musical testament, a richly harmonised compendium of tradition and modernity.