29 Dec 2005
ENO changes tune on music director
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.
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Charlotte Higgins [The Guardian, 29 December 2005]
Things could not get much worse for English National Opera. But having lost its artistic director a month ago, and its chairman a week ago, yesterday the company managed to lose its music director - before he had even taken up his job.