07 Sep 2005
Simone Young's Debut
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.
Frau Young takes Hamburg
[The Age, 5 September 2005]
Last Thursday, Simone Young conducted her first performance as music director of the Hamburg State Opera. She talks to Michael Shmith about her new life a world away from Opera Australia.
Hamburg is a place that takes its culture seriously and never forgets its musical heroes. On the front of the Staatsoper building, a relief image of Gustav Mahler in profile stares blankly at a city he would not recognise. Hamburg, where the composer and conductor was the opera's music director from 1891 to 1897, was his "tryout" for Vienna.