01 Nov 2005
Königskinder, Bavarian State Opera, Munich
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, 1 November 2005]
Geraldine Farrar trained her own flock of geese for the 1910 premiere of Humperdinck's Königskinder at the Metropolitan Opera. The opera was a huge success. History does not relate what became of the geese.