06 Apr 2008
Move over, Edinburgh
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.
Stuart Jeffries [The Guardian, 4 April 2008]
Just before we enter the air-conditioned auditorium of the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi for a gala concert featuring three of the world's greatest opera singers, we are each handed a copy of Chopard's Happy News magazine. As the movers and sheikhs of the United Arab Emirates take their seats, I read its interview with Russian soprano Anna Netrebko. The interviewer poses questions that Paxman and Humphrys would never dare: "You are now an ambassadress for Chopard. How would you define glamour?" "Chopard jewellery really epitomises glamour," replies Netrebko, diplomatically. It's going to be a long evening.