03 May 2007
Wagner Dream -- Grand Théâtre, Luxembourg
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.
Andrew Clements [The Guardian, 3 May 2007]
For the last 30 years of his life, Wagner cherished the idea of composing an opera on a Buddhist theme. Die Sieger (The Victors) was to be based on the story of Prakriti, the untouchable who falls in love with Buddhist monk Ananda, and who, despite the opposition of the Brahmins, is eventually allowed by Buddha to be united with him as long as she shares his vow of chastity.