21 Dec 2005
National Opera chairman quits
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 Sherna Noah, PA [The Independent, 21 December 2005]
The chairman of the English National Opera, Martin Smith, has quit his post following a flood of calls for his resignation.