01 Oct 2005
The art of Glass
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 Stephanie Bunbury [The Age, 1 October 2005]
He's one of the world's best-known composers, but could Philip Glass' greatest achievement be the way he lives his life?
Somewhere in the middle of his musical education, Philip Glass started to look for a fork in the road. In the early 1960s, when he was studying composition in Paris, every cerebral young music student worth his salt was shaking with Schoenberg, Webern and Berg, the dust-dry maestros of 12-tone.