20 Jun 2010
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
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 Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 20 June 2010]
There are two moments in Wagner’s midsummer comedy where Welsh voices should score - the Bach-like chorale at the start and the show-stopping exclamation “Wach’ auf!” at the end. Welsh National Opera does not disappoint. In Saturday’s Meistersinger, the first for the company, the chorus had heft, bloom, balance, poise and precision, reinforcing this opera’s reputation as the most magical of Wagner’s works.