20 May 2007
Boston’s Early-Music Hegemony, Reasserted
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.
[NY Times, 18 May 2007]
New York early-music performers get terribly exercised when reviewers suggest that Boston has more period-instrument activity than New York. And Boston’s musicians, happy to drive the point home, have established the Boston Early Music Festival series at the Morgan Library & Museum as a New York outpost.