03 Oct 2005
Countdown to the Eve of Destruction
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 Anthony Tommasini [NY Times, 3 October 2005]
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 2 - The last person to take a bow when John Adams's "Doctor Atomic" had its momentous premiere on Saturday night at the San Francisco Opera was not the composer but Pamela Rosenberg, the outgoing general director of the company. Though it is unorthodox for an opera house administrator to appear onstage for curtain calls, here it was warranted.