08 Nov 2010
The Met Goes for Baroque — Preparing for Mozart, the Orchestra Fashions Itself After Its New 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 Erica Orden [WSJ, 8 November 2010]
In preparation for the Metropolitan Opera's production of "Cosi fan tutte," Jessica Phillips, a clarinetist with the company's orchestra, braced herself for a challenge. She expected conductor William Christie, the baroque-music specialist who will make his Met debut with Tuesday's opening of the Mozart opera, to require his musicians to adapt their modern-era instruments to his early-music sensibilities.