03 Aug 2006
‘Tristan’ in Bayreuth: Classic Passions in Modern Dress
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 ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 3 August 2006]
BAYREUTH, Germany, Aug. 2 — With the conclusion of the new production of Wagner’s epic “Ring des Nibelungen” here on Monday night, you might think that the directors of the Bayreuth Festival would have given everyone a day off to recuperate. But that is not the way this place works. So on Tuesday it was “Tristan und Isolde,” a modern-dress production by Christoph Marthaler that was introduced last summer and is still provoking strong reactions.