03 Mar 2008
Johann Sebastian Bach given a modern look, 260 years after portrait
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.
Lewis Smith [Times Online, 29 February 2008]
DUNDEE The face of the 18th-century composer Johann Sebastian Bach has been reconstructed using the latest technology. A bronze replica of his skull was used to create the model, which bears similarities to a portrait by Elias Haussmann in 1746. The model, created by a team led by Caroline Wilkinson, of the University of Dundee, is due to be shown in Germany next week.