01 Sep 2006
The Mysterious Wagner Archive in Hitler's Bayreuth Residence
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 Manuela Hoelterhoff [1 September 2006]
Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) -- The Richard Wagner National Archive in Bayreuth, Germany, has a mysterious and slightly sinister reputation. From 1936, it was here in this modest yellow house that Wagner nut Adolf Hitler resided during the summer when he would visit the festival.