19 Jan 2007
Graz Opera Names New Intendant
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 Frank Cadenhead [MusicalAmerica.com, 19 January 2007]
Austria’s Graz Opera has named Elisabeth Sobotka to succeed Jörg Kossdorff as Intendant, effective with the 2009-10 season. A native of Vienna, Sobotka, 42, has been since 2002 opera director at Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden, where her name appears third after Peter Mussbach (Intendant) and Daniel Barenboim (music director).