06 Nov 2008
It's time for the arts to get creative -- about money
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.
Robert Gauthier [Los Angeles Times, 7 November 2008]
It’s been a momentous week. Monday morning at the Music Center, Los Angeles Opera announced a monumental citywide “Ring” festival. As many as 50 organizations around town have expressed willingness to help the company promote its first attempt at Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelung” cycle in 2010.