20 Jan 2006
On This Day: 20 January
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.
BIRTHS Ottavio Rinuccini Italian librettist. (1562) Francesco Bartolomeo Conti Italian composer. (1681) Buono Giuseppe Chiodi Italian composer. (1728) Giovanni Domenico Perotti Italian composer. (1761) Sebastián Iradier Spanish composer. (1809) Ernest Chausson French composer. (1855) Rudolf Bernauer Austrian librettist. (1880) Gabriele Santini Italian conductor. (1886) Eva Jessye American choral conductor. (1895) Wilfred Conwell Bain American administrator. (1908) Ennio Porrino Italian composer. (1910) Teodor Bratu Romanian composer. (1922) Valdo Sciammarella Argentine composer. (1924) Antonio de Almeida French conductor. (1928) André Jobin Canadian tenor. (1933) Ugo Benelli Italian tenor. (1935) Sándor Balassa Hungarian composer. (1935) Jean-Louis Martinoty French producer and administrator. (1946)