19 Apr 2006
Vienna's Mozarthaus Offers Visitors Tacky Trinkets, Boring Tape
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.
April 19 (Bloomberg) -- The scaffolding, clouds of dust and hype, and even the initial barrage of tourists have disappeared from Domgasse 5. Finally, after more than two centuries, Vienna has renovated the house where Mozart dwelled during the gestation of ``The Marriage of Figaro'' in the fecund years between 1784 and 1787.