24 Aug 2010
A Globe-Spanning Musical Feast
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, 24 August 2010]
EDINBURGH — The Edinburgh International Festival has gone multicultural. In a sense, when the offerings of a festival number well over 100 and embrace opera, dance, drama, concerts and other categories, it might be hard not to. But the festival’s theme this summer, “oceans apart,” seeks to connect continents, and in a four-day visit, one could experience a number of events that did just that.