24 Oct 2005
Why Mozart Is Always Welcome at the Met
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, 24 October 2005]
As you may know, 2006 is a Mozart year - the 250th anniversary of his birth. But every year's a Mozart year, just as it is a Beethoven year, or a Brahms year. In any case, the Metropolitan Opera is having a pretty Mozartean fall: On Friday night, they opened a run of "Cosi fan tutte," and on November 2 they will open a run of "The Marriage of Figaro." In January, they'll start "The Magic Flute" - but we'll have so much Mozart next year, you may even begin to resent the guy.