31 Jan 2006
Gotterdammerung - Theatre du Chatelet, 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 Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 31 January 2006]
What a relief: for the final opera in Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen the director Robert Wilson found a few more colours. Siegfried had been played out against an almost permanent blue screen, like a science-fiction film before the special effects are added, but in Götterdämmerung we were treated to the sunny yellow of dawn, bloody red and even spot-lit white.