25 Jun 2009
Aspen Music Festival goes back in time
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 Aspen Times, 25 June 2009]
It was 60 years ago this summer that the Goethe Bicentennial came to town, and there is good reason to celebrate the anniversary of that momentous event. The Bicentennial spawned the Aspen Institute, the Aspen Music Festival and School — and, oh yes, the modern rebirth of this sleepy, former mining town.