15 Jan 2006
Everyone's Invited to Wolfgang's Party, Willing or Not
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.
By BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 15 January 2006]
BRACE yourselves. The 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth is upon us, and there is heavy weather on the horizon. Blizzards are impressive both for their power and for their tendency to obscure our senses. We shall have Mozart blowing in our faces for the next year, and the accumulations will be staggering. We shall hear the good and the bad, the long and the short, the loud and the quiet, the famous and the obscure. It will take all of 2007 to dig our way out.