30 May 2006
Exploring music fun with Barenboim, Hampson
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 WYNNE DELACOMA [Chicago Sun-Times, 30 May 2006]
Daniel Barenboim was acclaimed as a pianist long before he began adding conducting to his schedule decades ago. One of the greatest pleasures of his 15-year tenure as Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director has been his habit of inviting friends and CSO colleagues to join him in chamber music concerts at Symphony Center.