30 Nov 2006
Salzburg Festival Looks for ‘Nocturnal Side of Reason’
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 ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 30 November 2006]
Earlier this fall Jürgen Flimm, the acclaimed German theater and opera director, began his tenure as the artistic director of the prestigious Salzburg Festival. In New York on Tuesday Mr. Flimm made one thing clear: Even though he has long worked at the festival, “Mozart 22,” last year’s ambitious presentation of all 22 of Mozart’s operas and dramatic works in staged production, was not his idea.