12 Aug 2008
Intimidated by Mozart’s Ghost? Not Anymore
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 STEVE SMITH [NY Times, 8 August 2008]
SANTA FE, N.M.
MOZART, it almost goes without saying, was a phenomenon: a composer whose startling abilities and mature insight into the human condition have earned nearly universal admiration. For composers, on the other hand, Mozart can be a problem. Kaija Saariaho, a Finnish composer who is in residence at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center this summer, will be sharing the stage — figuratively at least — with a forebear whose example nearly stifled her own creativity.