11 Apr 2010
Highs and lows of the Salzburg Easter festival
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 Hugh Canning [Times Online, 11 April 2010]
The Salzburg Easter festival stands at a crossroads. Founded 43 years ago by Herbert von Karajan as an eight-day privately funded event to showcase his deluxe band, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, in “exemplary” productions of Wagner operas — and specifically the Ring tetralogy — the festival has recently been rocked by financial scandal.