23 Dec 2008
Berlin Mayor Taps Salzburg Bigwig to Run Barenboim’s Sad House
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 Shirley Apthorp [Bloomberg.com, 24 December 2008]
Dec. 24 (Bloomberg) — Just in time to blight Christmas for Berlin’s music lovers, Mayor Klaus Wowereit called a press conference to announce the appointment of a new man for the top job at the hallowed Staatsoper Unter den Linden.