20 Apr 2006
Tristan und Isolde, Staatsoper unter den Linden, Berlin
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, 20 April 2006]
What if Brangäne forgot to switch the vials? For a moment it looks as if Tristan and Isolde have quaffed poison after all. Blood pours from their mouths. This could be a surprisingly short evening.