30 Jul 2006
Daniel Harding: Conducting his life with brio
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.
(Photo: Eisuke Miyoshi ) Michael Henderson [Guardian, 30 July 2006]
This morning, the London Symphony Orchestra's new star will direct a celebration of Mozart's birth in Vienna. It's quite an achievement - but then this 30-year-old Briton is one of the most dynamic men in music today
Daniel Harding was as relaxed as a man can be last week as he rehearsed Don Giovanni with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival while keeping an eye on the Test match at Old Trafford. 'Mahmood's playing? So we've had a Sikh [Monty Panesar] playing against India and now we've got a Muslim playing against Pakistan. We live in interesting times.'