07 Mar 2006
Götterdämmerung, Operaen, Copenhagen
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.
By Shirley Apthorp [Financial Times, 6 March 2006]
Copenhagen’s new Ring cycle draws to an apocalyptic close at the city’s shiny new opera house with a conflagration of suitably Wagnerian proportions. Siegried’s pyre burns. Valhalla burns. The gods burn. Even Hagen, in his final plunge for the Ring, combusts. Just what the composer ordered. Or it would be, if he returned to earth as a feminist. Because Brünnhilde does not burn. Instead, as the score’s final bars herald a new dawn, she cradles a newborn child. A girl? One hopes so.