03 May 2007
The Tristan Project, Avery Fisher Hall, New York
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 Martin Bernheimer [Financial Times, 3 May 2007]
Much ado about pretty much. The Tristan Project – note that it isn’t called Tristan und Isolde – has been percolating in one form or another for two years on two continents. On Wednesday, it finally arrived in New York, and the Wagner-starved multitudes cheered the show. We do mean show.