10 Nov 2008
Mortier Stiffs City Opera; Met Drops a Bomb, Welcomes Faust
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.
Manuela Hoelterhoff [Bloomberg, 10 November 2008]
In a matter of hours, and they seemed like days, I caught up with new productions of John Adams's "Doctor Atomic" and Hector Berlioz's "La Damnation de Faust" at the Metropolitan Opera.