18 Sep 2006
Domingo, Midori, Glass Open California's New Segerstrom Hall
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 David Mermelstein [Bloomberg.com, 18 September 2006]
Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) -- The $200 million Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Southern California opened over the weekend with two gala concerts featuring tenor Placido Domingo, violinist Midori and new works by Philip Glass and William Bolcom -- not to mention canapes, Champagne and a seemingly endless red carpet to welcome Orange County's music-loving elite to the curvy, glass-fronted hall.