07 Jul 2009
From Ravinia to L.A., Conlon lives his rich musical life to the fullest
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 John von Rhein [Chicago Tribune, 5 July 2009]
It’s nearly midnight in Spoleto, but James Conlon is still going strong. He has been busy rehearsing Woody Allen’s zany production of Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” practically non-stop at the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in this medieval town in central Italy, which is perched on an Umbrian hill clad in pine and olive trees.