09 Jul 2008
How SFO Closed Its Season
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.
(Photo by Terrence McCarthy courtesy of San Francisco Opera)
By DAVID LITTLEJOHN [Wall Street Journal, 8 July 2008]
From early last September to early December, the San Francisco Opera presented eight operas in rotating repertory. It then handed over the War Memorial Opera House to the San Francisco Ballet until early May. The company returned to the opera house for three more productions this summer.