30 Oct 2006
Encore and entrance
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.
City Opera fans get cozy with history
[NY Daily News, 29 October 2006]
When Julius Rudel stepped into the New York City Opera orchestra pit last week to conduct the debut of a new production of Mozart's "Così Fan Tutte," the applause was much louder and longer than what normally greets a conductor.