15 Jun 2012
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, 15 June 2012]
It is an angry face-off between Alexander Pereira, the director of the Salzburg Festival and the festival’s board of trustees. The city’s mayor, Heinz Schaden. a member of the board, called Pereira’s threat to resign “absolutely unacceptable” according to the newspaper “Salzburger Nachtrichten.”