14 Nov 2006
Royal Opera's `The Queen of Spades' Is Master Class in Tension
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 Warwick Thompson [Bloomberg.com, 14 November 2006]
Nov. 14 (Bloomberg) -- If musical skills were transferable to other media, then conductor Semyon Bychkov could probably direct thrillers to knock Hitchcock's efforts into a cocked hat.