09 Aug 2005
The Ring in Seattle
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.
'Ring' cycle opens with beauty and majesty
In the early days of Seattle Opera's 30-year tradition of mounting Wagner's monumental "Der Ring des Nibelungen," there was a sense of ritual about seeing the work as the composer intended -- all within a week. That sense seemed to be there again as this year's three performances of the four-opera marathon began with "Das Rheingold" Sunday night at McCaw Hall.