05 Jan 2006
Mozart at 250? Time for Something New
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 DANIEL J. WAKIN [NY Times, 5 January 2006]
You have been specializing in Mozart for 40 years. It is the 250th-anniversary year of his birth. Your festival will bob in an ocean of Wolfgang, Wolfgang, Wolfgang concerts around the world. What to do?
The Mostly Mozart Festival's solution is to sink its tent poles into the present. This Lincoln Center festival, announcing its 2006 program yesterday, said it had commissioned four new works, three of them "inspired" by Mozart, as the foundation of the summer season.