24 Jun 2005
40th Season at Saratoga Performing Arts Center
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.
Cobwebs clung to the blue and brown plastic seats at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center last week as workers pounded on the roof and a brook gurgled below. Those cobwebs have been swept away for the formal opening of the center's 40th season tomorrow, along with - it hopes - the shrouds of scandal and mismanagement.