30 Mar 2008
True to Wagner’s Vision
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 JAY NORDLINGER [NY Sun, 26 March 2008]
Salzburg, Austria — Siegmund flew in at 4 p.m. The opera started at 5. He made it to the opera house, put on his costume —and on he went.
The Salzburg Easter Festival staged “Die Walküre” on Monday night. “Die Walküre” is the second installment of Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelung.” We had the first installment, “Das Rheingold,” last year. In 2009 and 2010, we’ll get the last two: “Siegfried” and “Götterdämmerung.”