13 Mar 2006
An Inspired Requiem And a Gratifying Opera
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 JAY NORDLINGER [NY Sun, 13 March 2006]
Last week, Avery Fisher Hall turned into an opera house, for about an hour. The New York Philharmonic devoted the bulk of its subscription program to "Duke Bluebeard's Castle," Bartok's one-acter. Conducting was Christoph von Dohnanyi, the veteran German maestro. But isn't he Bartok's countryman, a Hungarian? No, his grandfather, the composer Ernst von Dohnanyi - or Erno Dohnanyi, if you prefer the pure Hungarian - was. Christoph is a Hamburger.