05 Oct 2006
Shostakovich Is Scaled Down After Protests From Church
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 SOPHIA KISHKOVSKY [NY Times, 5 October 2006]
MOSCOW, Oct. 4 — Dmitri Shostakovich, who died in 1975, would have been 100 this year, and his centenary is being observed in Russia by a flood of concerts, ballets, operas and events.