07 Jun 2011
Götterdämmerung, San Francisco
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 Joshua Kosman [7 June 2011]
Wagner's "Ring" cycle has rarely felt so, well, cyclical as it did at the conclusion of Sunday afternoon's superb performance of "Götterdämmerung" at the War Memorial Opera House. After introducing the individual installments of its new production over three years, the San Francisco Opera is finally set to take things from the top with complete cycles, beginning next week.