19 Jul 2006
The Russians Are Coming: Kirov, Bolshoi to Compete in London
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.
Warwick Thompson [Bloomberg.com, 19 July 2006]
July 19 (Bloomberg) -- ``A boot stamping on a human face -- forever,'' George Orwell wrote of totalitarian regimes. If you cheekily insert the word ``accidentally,'' the description might almost apply to the BBC Proms as well.