22 Oct 2007
Turbulent and Tense
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 JAY NORDLINGER [NY Sun, 22 October 2007]
James Conlon is a good friend to Alexander von Zemlinsky, and Zemlinsky is a good friend to him. Mr. Conlon is the American conductor who is now music director of the Los Angeles Opera (and some other things); Zemlinsky is the Viennese composer who straddled two centuries, living from 1871 to 1942. Mr. Conlon has recorded a good deal of his music, including "A Florentine Tragedy," a short opera.