29 Mar 2010
House of Style — A bumpy season at the Met
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 Alex Ross [New Yorker, 29 March 2010]
Peter Gelb’s regime as the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera began triumphantly. On the opening night of the 2006-07 season, the company presented Anthony Minghella’s production of “Madama Butterfly”—a dreamlike, intensely lyrical staging that had originated at the English National Opera. Although most of that season had been fixed in advance by Joseph Volpe, Gelb’s predecessor, the incoming manager deftly inserted the Minghella show into the schedule.