17 Oct 2005
Poise & Mastery
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 Jay Nordlinger [NY Sun, 17 October 2005]
Fans of Richard Strauss have had a good autumn in New York: The Metropolitan Opera has staged "Ariadne auf Naxos"; City Opera has staged "Capriccio"; Lorin Maazel has programmed tone poems and such at the New York Philharmonic. I am reliably told that, somewhere in the world, a Strauss opera is being put on every night. Richard Strauss is never out of season.