28 Sep 2005
Trouble at the Volksoper
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.
Rudolf Berger has declared that he will be leaving his post as director of the Wiener Volksoper before his term expires. Der Standard looks at the troubled company — its second-class status, its search for an identity, its management problems — along with an interview of the departing Berger.