08 Feb 2006
Mozart's added horse-power
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.
Michael Shmith spends a week on the Mozart opera trail. [The Age, 7 February 2006]
MOZART operas have been unavoidable on his home turf of Salzburg and Vienna. Later this year, Salzburg's summer festival is offering all 22 of the stage works - from Apollo et Hyazinthus (1767) to La Clemenza di Tito (1791) - and Mozart-lovers are being positively Wagnerian in booking early for the lot.