20 Jan 2008
L.A. Opera presents a 'Tristan' of this world
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.
(Photo by Ken Howard courtesy of LA Opera)
By TIMOTHY MANGAN [Orange County Register, 20 January 2008]
The way "Tristan and Isolde" is written and talked about, you're surprised that it's done at all. Wagner's 1859 epic isn't just any opera, it's a holy monument of music, an untouchable masterpiece. It single-handedly (apparently) started the harmonic revolution that resulted with the end of tonality. Its two lead roles require superhumans with lungs of steel.