11 Apr 2008
Feisty Orchestra Fuels Brussels Opera Changes
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.
Commentary by Shirley Apthorp [Bloomberg.com, 10 April 2008]
April 10 (Bloomberg) -- Mark Wigglesworth, designated music director of La Monnaie/De Munt opera house in Brussels, won't take up his post in August as planned. The British conductor faced mounting opposition from a disgruntled orchestra.