15 Nov 2006
Siegfried Act III
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.
Geoff Brown at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester [Times Online, 15 November 2006]
“I’ve got an Act III next year in concert — in Manchester, I think,” Ben Heppner told a website interviewer in 2005. It was indeed Manchester, and there stood probably the world’s greatest high-flying tenor, taking one more step in his slow ascent of Wagner’s prize “heldentenor” role, Siegfried. Previously Heppner had sung only chunks from The Ring. Ahead in 2008 lies his Siegfried stage debut with Simon Rattle at Aix-en-Provence, with Götterdämmerung to follow in 2009. All perfect Wagnerites are aquiver.