18 Aug 2008
Puccini at 150, Still Capable of Revelations
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, 15 August 2008]
WHEN Giacomo Puccini died at 65 in 1924, he left behind an estate estimated in today’s currency at roughly $250 million. Has any living classical composer come close to amassing such a fortune?