29 Jan 2006
Party Rolls on for Die-Hard Mozart Fans
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 WILLIAM J. KOLE [Associated Press, 28 January 2006]
VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- When it comes to parties, apparently there is no such thing as a hangover for die-hard Mozart fans.
After all-night celebrations of the 250th anniversary of his birth, Mozart enthusiasts lined up in frigid temperatures on Saturday for a chance to explore the newly renovated downtown Vienna house where the composer wrote "The Marriage of Figaro," one of his most beloved operas.