21 Aug 2005
Honoring Franz Schreker
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.
A Good Deed - and Some Good Music,Too
By Jay Nordlinger [NY Sun, 19 August 2005]
SALZBURG, Austria - As you may remember from a review last week, the festival is honoring Franz Schreker this year. He was an Austrian composer (1878-1934) whose father was Jewish (and super-assimilated). When the Nazis came to power, they stripped Schreker of his position - director of the Berlin Conservatory - and banned his music. After the Nazi period, Schreker was largely forgotten, because the late Romanticism that he embodied was despised - not by audiences, but by a rigid musical establishment. The same fate befell Korngold and Zemlinsky. All of these composers have been honored by the Salzburg Festival, in a series that ends this year.