17 Apr 2012
Xu Zhong Tapped by Teatro Massimo Bellini
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]
The Chinese conductor and pianist Xu Zhong will be the new artistic director of an Italian opera house, the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania. He was well received when he conducted the theater’s orchestra a few weeks ago as part of their symphonic season and has regularly appeared on international stages.