08 Jan 2007
Gergiev’s Opus: A New Concert Hall
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 GEORGE LOOMIS [NY Times, 9 January 2007]
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — When Daniel Barenboim announced almost three years ago that he would leave the Chicago Symphony, one reason he gave was that music directors of American orchestras have too many “nonartistic” responsibilities. Fund-raising is chief among them, but conductors are also expected to be community leaders, educators and shrewd business leaders.