14 Feb 2006
The Metropolitan Opera Announces Ambitious New Artistic Plans
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.
In bold moves to reconnect with a broader public, The Met will increase new productions, launch a groundbreaking commissioning program with Lincoln Center Theater, inaugurate high definition transmissions into movie theaters, and increase its commitment to contemporary music
February 13, 2006
Details of future seasons and productions revealed by General Manager Elect Peter Gelb and Music Director James Levine
2006-2007 season to open with Anthony Minghella’s Madama Butterfly, the first new production featured on Opening Night in twenty years