08 Dec 2005
Harding applauded at La Scala opening
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.
ANTONIO CALANNI [Associated Press, 7 December 2005]
MILAN, Italy - Daniel Harding scored a personal triumph and a standing ovation Wednesday after conducting Mozart's "Idomeneo" at the season opening of the famed La Scala opera house - the first in 19 years without maestro Riccardo Muti.