21 May 2010
'Rheingold' Glitters in Milan
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 J. S. Marcus [WSJ, 21 May 2010]
Milan: Italy’s major opera houses were shut down this month, when unions, protesting government budget cuts, managed to cancel performances from Rome to Turin. The biggest casualty was the May 13 premier of Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” at Milan’s La Scala, meant to usher in a new Daniel Barenboim Ring cycle intended for both Milan and Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden, where Mr. Barenboim is general music director.