29 Jul 2008
An Opera Critic Samples Bayreuth on the Web
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 RUPERT CHRISTIANSEN [The Daily Telegraph, 29 July 2008]
On Sunday, for the first time, an opera performance was streamed on the Internet live from the Bayreuth Festival. Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg" was made accessible to the first 10,000 people prepared to part with the sum of $77. Joe Public's chance of buying a "real" ticket for this event is virtually nil — the waiting list for Bayreuth runs into many thousands — so this is a significant extension of its outreach.