30 Dec 2007
Genoa Opera Hires New Artistic Director
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.
House's troubles a major challenge for Italy's first top woman opera manager
by Carlo Vitali [MusicalAmerica.com, 27 December 2007]
BOLOGNA, Dec. 26 -- Cristina Ferrari is the new artistic director of Genoa's Teatro Carlo Felice, one of Italy's 14 Fondazioni lirico-sinfoniche, or chartered opera houses. The announcement, made Saturday, is a surprise, since no woman at a comparable managerial level is to be found elsewhere in the country's opera system.