26 Oct 2005
Wagner's `Ring' Features Eschenbach, Singing Zombies in Paris
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.
[Photo: M.N. Robert]
By Jorg von Uthmann [Bloomberg.com, 26 October 2005]
Richard Wagner hated the Parisians because they had humiliated him in 1861 with noisy demonstrations against "Tannhauser.'' His opera had to be withdrawn after three performances.
Since then, the Parisians have made up for their poor behavior. While the Opera Bastille is reviving last year's production of ``Tristan und Isolde,'' the Theatre du Chatelet has just started a new "Ring des Nibelungen'' — only 11 years after its last production of the tetralogy.