28 Jan 2006
In Salzburg, a Warm Birthday Party on a Cold Night
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 JAMES R. OESTREICH [NY Times, 28 January 2006]
SALZBURG, Austria, Jan. 27 — You couldn't say that the intermission upstaged the concert, exactly. Not this concert, with Riccardo Muti conducting the Vienna Philharmonic and a handful of worthy soloists at the Festspielhaus to celebrate Mozart's 250th birthday, on Friday evening.