13 Feb 2006
At the Met: Big Plans for Living Composers
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 ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 13 February 2006]
When the appointment of Peter Gelb as the next general manager of the Metropolitan Opera was announced in 2004, die-hard opera buffs who knew of him as a crossover king in the recording industry were predictably dismayed. What would he do at the Met? Commission an opera from James ("Titanic") Horner? Cast Charlotte Church as Lucia di Lammermoor?