17 Nov 2008
Farewell act of chutzpah
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 Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 16 November 2008]
The news that Gerard Mortier, the controversial Belgian impresario, will not be moving to New York City Opera has surprised no one. It was always a stretch to imagine a man so accustomed to the largesse of the state answering to a board of private individuals on whose generosity his every artistic decision would depend. Mortier remains at the Paris Opéra, but only till the end of the season: under French law state employees retire at 65.