30 Mar 2006
Otto Schenk, Opera Director, Says 'Don Pasquale' Is His Last Met Production
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 ANNE MIDGETTE [NY Times, 30 March 2006]
"I'm doing this from the Beyond," said the elderly man in the overcoat.
With his quiet voice and lilting, slightly slurred diction, Otto Schenk did indeed project an aura of world-weariness, like one of the benevolent spirits sent down in old Hollywood films to bring pat, shuffling clarity to the lives of average mortals.