23 Nov 2005
Harley, Zurich Opera
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 Shirley Apthorp [Financial Times, 23 November 2005]
Every opera house should be doing this. Munich's Bavarian State Opera and the Zurich Opera joined forces five years ago to found an opera competition for young composers. Six finalists wrote six short operas for both cities.