09 Jul 2009
Mortier Leaves Paris With an Ending That’s a Beginning
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 Steven Erlanger [NY Times, 9 July 2009]
PARIS — Much of the world may have been watching the obsequies for Michael Jackson, which were also shown live on French television, but a different kind of artistic farewell also took place here on Tuesday night: the premiere of a theatrical work by the German painter Anselm Kiefer, the last commission of Gerard Mortier’s tenure as director of the Paris Opera.