23 Mar 2011
Tristan und Isolde, Deutsche Oper, 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 Renaud Loranger [Financial Times, 23 March 2011]
Call it the triumph of the anti-heroes. As Tristan exits the stage at the end of Act Three, he has become a disillusioned, grumpy old fool whose dabbling in drugs has only provided momentary marital bliss. He rants about the past while Kurwenal keeps himself to himself, then vanishes into darkness. Isolde, ageing and frail, tends to a coffin before singing a listless “Liebestod”.