29 Apr 2006
An Illustrated History of Wagner's Ring 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.
Few works of art divide us quite as much as Wagner's Ring Cycle - and few are as open to frequent reinterpretation.
This is widely apparent in a new study of the performance history of the Ring at the Royal Opera House by John Snelson.