20 Sep 2005
Verdi Onstage and Domingo on the Podium
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 Bernard Holland [NY Times, 19 September 2005]
WASHINGTON. Sept. 18 - The Washington National Opera enters middle age looking as healthy as it ever has. Fifty years ago there was no real company and no real season. Operas were put on one by one if someone found a way to pay for them. Sets were borrowed. A place at the Kennedy Center added legitimacy in 1971. An independent opera house in an old department store building was planned 10 years ago but proved impractical. Selling the property, however, put a lot of money in the company's bank account.