08 Sep 2006
Auschwitz Women's Orchestra Provided a Soundtrack for Suffering
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 [Blomberg.com, 8 September 2006]
Sept. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Women musicians were forced by the Nazis to provide a soothing soundtrack as prisoners arrived at Auschwitz or were marched to the gas chambers.