30 Mar 2008
‘Tristan’ Gains a Star, Loses a Soprano
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 GEORGE LOOMIS [NY Sun, 26 March 2008]
Just when it looked as though, after four tries, the Metropolitan Opera’s current revival of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” would proceed on Tuesday evening with the originally announced cast intact, the nemesis that has dogged the run sprouted another hydra-like head. Ben Heppner, in voice and appearance the very image of good health, belatedly joined the cast as Tristan. But Deborah Voigt, the scheduled Isolde, canceled because of illness and was replaced by Janice Baird, who at an earlier performance took over for Ms. Voigt during the course of Act 2.