19 Apr 2006
A disappointing Ring that just goes round in circles
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.
Rupert Christiansen reviews Götterdämmerung at the Royal Opera in Covent Garden [Daily Telegraph, 19 April 2006]
The drop curtain for this dismayingly bad production of Götterdämmerung depicts a blackboard swirling with a scribbled mass of equations, formulae and jottings. It represents, I feel, the inside of Keith Warner's head as he confronted the massive challenge of directing Wagner's Ring cycle, of which this opera is the culmination.