30 Jul 2009
Gergiev's Covent Garden Ring is a primary school travesty, so I walked out
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 Damian Thompson [Daily Telegraph, 30 July 2009]
I knew the Mariinsky’s Ring Cycle had shocking reviews when it was staged in Cardiff, but I had no idea it would be this bad. Or that anything could be this bad, really. I walked out after the first hour of Rheingold at Covent Garden last night - and there’s no interval. Fortunately I was at the end of a row in the gods, so it took about 30 seconds to reach the door and breathe a sigh of relief.