05 Nov 2005
Vienna State Opera marks postwar reopening
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.
GEORGE JAHN [Associated Press, 5 November 2005]
VIENNA, Austria - The Vienna State Opera will step back half a century Saturday with gala concert excerpts of its first six premieres after World War II.
Some of the world's greatest singers and conductors take to the stage and orchestra pit for the 50th anniversary of the opera's postwar reopening, including Placido Domingo, Bryn Terfel, Zubin Mehta and Christian Thielemann.