26 Oct 2010
With a Double Bill, a Return to Rarities
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 Steve Smith [NY Times, 26 October 2010]
The stars were out in force at Carnegie Hall as the Opera Orchestra of New York opened its 40th-anniversary season with a gala double bill on Monday night. Not so long ago, the chances that this landmark might be reached seemed slim indeed. Facing financial difficulties in 2008, the orchestra suspended its long-running tradition of presenting operatic rarities in full concert performances. Since then, it has maintained a slighter profile with recitals.