05 Dec 2007
A year after Gockley stepped in, how does the Opera sound?
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.
Joshua Kosman [San Francisco Chronicle, 5 December 2007]
No one could ever fault David Gockley for lack of ambition. When he was appointed in 2005 as the San Francisco Opera's sixth general director, he hinted at a to-do list that didn't seem to leave any aspect of the business untouched.