27 Apr 2009
Suffering Brünnhilde, Her Betrayers and an Unexpected Hero
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 Vivien Schweitzer [NY Times, 26 April 2009]
Even by the standards of anguished operatic heroines, Brünnhilde suffers a particularly tortured journey of betrayal, humiliation and heartache in Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung.” At a matinee performance at the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday, the Swedish soprano Katarina Dalayman offered a dramatically persuasive and vocally strong interpretation of this daunting role.