07 Jul 2009
Opera Maverick Makes Small Festival a Top Draw
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 George Loomis [NY Times, 7 July 2009]
ERL, AUSTRIA — It is said that the Salzburg and Bayreuth festivals have long had an understanding that Salzburg will not do Wagner and Bayreuth will do nothing but. Yet with applicants having to wait seven years for tickets, Bayreuth hardly needs protection from competition. In fact, the annual Munich Opera Festival has always had a major Wagner component. But since 1998, another, less orthodox enterprise has also toiled on behalf of the master of the music drama, and in roughly the same neck of the Austro-Bavarian woods.