11 Jun 2007
Janáček , From the House of the Dead
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.
Anne Ozorio [Seen and Heard, 11 June 2007]
Boulez and Chéreau of course, created a now-legendary centenary Ring cycle at Bayreuth, which revolutionised Wagner performance, illuminating the music and ideas and vindicating Wieland Wagner’s vision of what the work could mean.