07 Jan 2009
German conductor Debus named music director of Canadian Opera Company
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.
[The Canadian Press, 7 January 2009]
TORONTO — Coming to Toronto for the first time this past fall, Germany’s Johannes Debus found himself conducting “War and Peace” for the Canadian Opera Company - a piece he had never done in a language he didn’t speak.