07 Aug 2006
Mozart’s Singspiels and ‘The Magic Flute’ at the Salzburg Festival
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 ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 7 August 2006]
SALZBURG, Austria, Aug. 6 — It may seem a stretch to consider a composer who died at 35 to have had a late period. But one of the goals of “Mozart 22,” the Salzburg Festival’s presentation this summer of Mozart’s complete operatic works in full productions, is to demonstrate how much he developed as an opera composer in the 23 years between his first and last stage works.