02 Dec 2005
Zubin Mehta: Lightning conductor — At almost 70, the Indian maestro Zubin Mehta is still wowing audiences and dividing critics across the globe
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.
[The Independent, 2 December 2005]
As I wait outside Zubin Mehta's office, Sir Peter Jonas, formerly the general director of the ENO and now Mehta's colleague at the Bavarian State Opera, tells me the maestro can still stand on his head. This is an impressive feat for a man of nearly 70. Life may have slowed down for some of his contemporaries, but not for this conductor.