11 Aug 2005
Honoring Karl Hartmann
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.
Stepping out of history's shadow
Composer Karl Hartmann, who heroically resisted the Nazis, is remembered at the Proms tonight. It's about time, says Ivan Hewett
[Daily Telegraph, 11 August 2005]
For German composers the rise of Nazism was a severe test of moral and artistic fibre. Some of them managed to avoid it by fleeing to the safety of the UK or the USA. Of those who stayed, many were liquidated, above all if they were Jewish. Those who were allowed to live had to find a way to live with the regime. Many paid lip-service to it, while keeping their true feelings to themselves.