10 May 2010
Antony Walker: Big things lie ahead for opera conductor
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 Anne Midgette [Washington Post, 10 May 2010]
When Antony Walker, an Australian conductor, came to Washington in 1999 to make his U.S. debut at Wolf Trap, he was affable, slightly pudgy and, in this country, unknown. Now, having wrapped up his seventh season as artistic director of the Washington Concert Opera with Rossini’s “Cenerentola” on Sunday, he’s still affable, trimmer and considerably better known.