14 Apr 2011
Muti, Standing Tall
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 David Mermelstein [WSJ, 14 April 2011]
Even music lovers who do not regularly follow the health bulletins of their favorite artists must know of the conductor Riccardo Muti's travails in Chicago. They started earlier this season, shortly after Mr. Muti became music director of this city's venerable symphony orchestra, when he confronted the first of two medical situations that together forced the cancellation of many of his scheduled appearances.