24 Mar 2011
Strauss's Intermezzo: Scottish Opera whip up a perfect storm in a teacup
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 Kate Molleson [The Guardian, 24 March 2011]
One May morning in 1902, Pauline Strauss opened a telegram addressed to her husband. "I waited for you as usual in the Union Bar but alas," it said. "Please send me tickets for Monday and Wednesday. Your faithful Mieze Mücke." Pauline promptly filed for divorce and sent a telegram to her husband Richard, who was away in the Isle of Wight, to let him know.