11 Nov 2005
A Gala With a Difference: Music as the Main Course
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, 11 November 2005]
Gala concerts are typically festive affairs offering fancy dinners for select ticket buyers and lighter musical fare for the main portion of the evening. Lincoln Center's Fall Gala concert on Wednesday night at Avery Fisher Hall was another story.