20 Jan 2006
Symphony conquers majestic 'Missa'
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.
On short notice, Brewer steps in
By Richard Dyer [Boston Globe 20 January 2006]
James Levine doesn't mince words, and in his note to the audience in this week's Boston Symphony Orchestra program book he proclaims, ''[Beethoven's] 'Missa Solemnis' is the greatest piece ever written. Really, l mean it."