08 Dec 2008
La Scala swaps tenors for season opener
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 Colleen Barry [AP, 7 December 2008]
MILAN, Italy (AP) — Leave it to La Scala to generate as much drama offstage as on.
The famed opera house threw its understudy into one of the most high-profile nights in opera Sunday night, removing tenor Giuseppe Filianoti for the season-opening premiere of “Don Carlo” after he made some mistakes during a dress rehearsal this week.