15 Dec 2005
Sensitive autocrat in a season of content
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.
John Carmody [The Australian, 16 December 2005]
THE young woman at the ticket office of Hamburg State Opera in northern Germany has no mixed feelings about the new music director. "We all love Frau Young," she says, handing over the tickets.
When this is mentioned to Simone Young a few days later, the conductor giggles, and adds with a dash of Australian irony: "I should hope so. I'm her boss."