16 Sep 2006
Runnicles won't renew contract with S.F. Opera
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.
Joshua Kosman [SF Chronicle, 16 September 2006]
Conductor Donald Runnicles will not continue as music director of the San Francisco Opera after his contract expires in 2009, the company announced Friday. He will continue to appear with the company, however, most notably in the new production of Wagner's "Ring" cycle planned for the 2010-11 season.