01 Jun 2006
Europe's June Festivals Explore Afterlife, Wagner's Mythology
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 Shirley Apthorp [Bloomberg.com, 1 June 2006]
June 1 (Bloomberg) -- June is the start of Europe's summer festival season and a good time for the operagoer. City houses are competing to pull one last trick out of their bag of season premieres and a growing number of festivals are vying to steal the thunder of their bigger rivals later in the summer.