05 Jul 2006
City Opera, After Frustrating Year, Still Longs for New Home
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 ROBIN POGREBIN [NY Times, 4 July 2006]
In May, after years of trying to find its own home, New York City Opera learned that its latest plans, for a new concert hall at Amsterdam Avenue and 66th Street, had fallen through: just the latest setback in the company's nearly 25-year effort to improve its location, including a very public and unsuccessful recent push to be part of the arts complex at ground zero.