05 Apr 2007
Uproar in Vienna Over Opera-House Post
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 JAHN [AP, 4 April 2007]
VIENNA, Austria -- In this city famed for its love of music, Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer's glaring involvement in who will run Vienna's flagship opera house has made him a target for criticism that he is spending too much time on affairs of the stage instead of the state.