21 Oct 2008
Wagner's Great-Granddaughter Gives Rienzi Wigs, Glitter, Hoover
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 Catherine Hickley [Bloomberg, 13 October 2008]
Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Richard Wagner's early opera ``Rienzi'' is an historical oddity, rarely staged, and for good reason. Putting the eponymous character in glittering lame and an Ozzy Osbourne-style wig and strapping an industrial vacuum cleaner to his back is no way to make it more accessible.