17 Apr 2012
Tenor Loses Steak, Saves the Concert.
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 Frank Cadenhead [Opera Today, 17 April 2012]
Tenor Johan Botha had just started carving his steak when his phone rang. A director of Vienna’s Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde was on the line with an emergency request. On March 29, at the famed Musikvereinsaal, Zubin Mehta and the Munich Philharmonic were to set to begin the concert’s second half, the imposing Das Lied von der Erde of Gustav Mahler.