03 Oct 2005
Siegfried at the Royal Opera House
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.
Tom Service [The Guardian, 3 October 2005]
The third act of the Royal Opera House's new production of Wagner's Siegfried, the third instalment of director Keith Warner's Ring cycle, is a victory for hollow style over substance, full of complex symbols but little emotional insight. Lisa Gasteen's Brünnhilde and John Treleaven's Siegfried fulfil their destinies together in the final scene as two gargantuan silhouettes on the revolving white square that has been a leitmotif since Die Walküre. This should be the climax of the evening, but Stefanos Lazaridis's designs and Wolfgang Göbbel's lighting take the focus away from Wagner's music.