26 Oct 2006
Wagner Passion, Belgian Torment, Pre-Columbians: Brussels Picks
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 Jim Ruane [Bllomberg.com, 26 October 2006]
Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Poor Tristan and Isolde look even grimmer than usual in the Brussels Opera's relentlessly dark new production of Wagner's 1865 opera. Fortunately, the orchestra draws out the passion that's missing on stage.