19 May 2006
Met Orchestra/Conlon, Carnegie Hall, New York
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 Martin Bernheimer [Financial Times, 18 May 2006]
If all had gone as planned, James Levine would have been on the podium on Sunday, conducting his splendid Met Orchestra in music of Mozart, Brahms and Wuorinen (top ticket $155!). Fate decreed otherwise.