06 Dec 2007
A Tour of Russian Works, Led by the Locals
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 ALLAN KOZINN [NY Times, 6 December 2007]
Valery Gergiev and his Kirov Orchestra, along with a planeload of choristers and soloists from the Maryinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, finished their short residency at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday evening. Their three concerts, part of Mr. Gergiev’s Perspectives series, offered a selective tour of the Russian opera and ballet repertory. Mr. Gergiev is the go-to guy for this music today. He has drilled his orchestra to produce a tremendous range of both sound and expressivity, from exquisite beauty and polish to terrifying ferocity.