04 Dec 2007
Barenboim to debut with Wagner as principal guest conductor at Verdi's La Scala
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.
[Associated Press, 4 December 2007]
MILAN, Italy: Twice blocked by striking musicians and stagehands, Daniel Barenboim makes his debut as La Scala's principal visiting conductor Friday night with a gala premiere of "Tristan und Isolde."