02 Aug 2005
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Munich
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.
Sunday's performance of Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg concluded the Munich Opera Festival 2005. Tobias Hell of Merkur-Online praises conductor Peter Schneider for his precision and avoidance of false pathos. Jan-Hendrik Rootering as Hans Sachs may have lacked full vocal authority, but the remainder of the cast was convincing. Eike Wilm Schulte is particularly noteworthy for his giving shape to the role of Beckmesser.