30 Sep 2005
Dear Mr. Gillinson
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 Fred Kirshnit [NY Sun, 30 September 2005]
It would be a daunting task for the director of Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, West Virginia, to maintain that facility as the world's most respected venue for classical music performance, but it ought to be easy for his New York counterpart to do the same. Carnegie Hall's management, though, seems to be consciously watering down its repertoire and, in the process, transforming its employer's image from that of the shining city on the hill to simply another unfocused performance space.