12 Jan 2007
Tristan und Isolde, Aalto Theater, Essen
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 Shirley Apthorp [Financial Times, 12 January 2007]
Isolde travels with the severed head of her dead betrothed in a jar. Trapped in the claustrophobic confines of a plush ship’s cabin, she is a formidable woman surrounded by brutal men. Her passions are too big for her world, and her doomed love for Tristan will eventually explode from the confines of stifling convention.