01 Oct 2005
When a symphony could lead to Siberia
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.
[Daily Telegraph, 1 October 2005]
With Shostakovich's centenary approaching, Geoffrey Norris talks to two conductors about the composer's music and his difficult relationship with the Soviet authorities
Dmitry Shostakovich, one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, has always excited controversy - no more so than during the three decades since his death in 1975, when there have been conflicting interpretations of his attitude towards the Communist system under which he lived.