18 Apr 2006
Götterdämmerung—Royal Opera House, London
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.
Tom Service [Guardian, 18 April 2006]
The final image of Keith Warner's production of Wagner's Götterdämmerung sums up his occasionally illuminating but mostly baffling staging of the Ring cycle. It's been nearly a year and a half since it all began with Das Rheingold, and many of the visual cues in Stefanos Lazaridis's designs for the earlier operas went up in smoke along with Lisa Gasteen's Brünnhilde.