27 Feb 2007
Mortier to Take Over New York City Opera
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 RONALD BLUM [AP, 27 February 2007]
NEW YORK -- Gerard Mortier will take over as general manager and artistic director of the New York City Opera, putting him in prime position to mount an avant-garde challenge to the Metropolitan Opera across Lincoln Center Plaza.