13 Apr 2011
Sonntag aus Licht, Staatenhaus, Cologne
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, 13 April 2011]
Imagine being there for the world premiere of Götterdämmerung. Stockhausen’s Licht cycle is arguably the Ring of our time, and the world premiere of its seventh and final part last weekend in Cologne felt like something so monumentally ambitious that the comparison could hold.