26 Jan 2006
La Monnaie's Foccroulle Updates Image, Dreams of Almodovar
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 Anna Jenkinson [Bloomberg, 26 January 2006]
Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- How can opera project a more up-to- date image? It's a question Bernard Foccroulle ponders often as director of the Brussels opera house La Monnaie/De Munt and the new chairman of the Opera Europa network, an organization that fosters cooperation between opera houses.