08 Apr 2009
Lohengrin, Staatsoper Berlin
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 Shirley Apthorp [Financial Times, 7 April 2009]
There have not been more horned helmets in a Wagner opera since Bugs Bunny was Brünnhilde in What’s Opera, Doc?
Stefan Herheim’s Lohengrin for the Staatsoper Berlin is an orgy of Wagner clichés. Lohengrin appears in shining armour, the ladies wear floor-length medieval gowns, there are swords and shields and churches and castles.