07 Feb 2006
Andante Slips Away
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 Richard Scheinin [Mercury News, 3 February 2006]
If you (like me) have grown dependent on your daily fix of andante.com, you are probably confused or in mourning. In recent weeks, the classical music Web site has been up, down, back up, static -- and now it's gone. After nearly five years of operation, Andante has ended, the plug pulled by its owners at Naive, the French record label group. Wednesday, Feb. 1, was its last day.