12 Oct 2006
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.
Helikon Opera prepares for a new "Boris Godunov" - and for a massive, $33 million reconstruction project.
By Raymond Stults [Moscow Times, 13 October 2006]
The opening months of the 2006-07 season find three of Moscow's four principal opera companies suffering the pains of redevelopment and reconstruction. Only Novaya Opera, happily ensconced in its elegant theater in the Hermitage Garden, currently enjoys what might be called a normal operatic existence.