18 Aug 2005
The Mariinsky on the Skids?
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.
Kirov a tragedy on and off stage
Hugh Canning [The Australian, 18 August 2005]
AFTER the Kirov Opera's recent visit to the Royal Opera House, the writing must be on the wall for the reputation of the St Petersburg company and its workaholic music director, Valery Gergiev, at least as far as London audiences are concerned.