26 Sep 2006
Wagnerian welcome for an arts centre
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 George Loomis [Financial Times, 26 September 2006]
Opening a new opera house with Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen would seem an event charged with hubris. If the Canadian Opera Company recently did just that, it stemmed more from the fortuitous convergence of two long-term projects than from an audacious decision to inaugurate the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre with opera’s supreme musical and theatrical challenge.