29 Jul 2008
Bregenz Festival excavates long-forgotten Krenek opera
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.
[AFP, 25 July 2008]
BREGENZ, Austria (AFP) — While the opening night of the annual Bregenz Festival on Wednesday was one for the masses with a visually stunning staging of Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca", opera connoisseurs were in for a treat on Thursday with a rarely performed operatic gem from the 1930s.