06 Jul 2008
So That’s What the Fat Lady Sang
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.
By ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 6 July 2008]
DURING a long career in North America, Lotfi Mansouri, the Iranian-born opera director and manager, ran two prestigious houses, the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto and the San Francisco Opera; commissioned works; directed scores of productions; cultivated singers; and still had time to make his mark in Europe.