06 Feb 2008
Tragic story makes a fine 'Concubine'
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 SCOTT CANTRELL [The Dallas Morning News, 6 February 2008]
RICHARDSON – That the largest contingent of contestants in the last Van Cliburn International Piano Competition came from the People's Republic of China said a good deal about the huge and growing popularity of Western classical music there.
Further evidence surfaced Tuesday evening at the Eisemann Center, with a fully-staged, more-or-less Western-style opera by a Chinese composer, produced and performed by the China National Opera House.