08 Dec 2005
Opera house's woes grow as staff threaten to strike
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 Dalya Alberge [Times Online, 8 December 2005]
ENGLISH National Opera was plunged deeper into trouble yesterday after it discovered that it was facing a strike by its staff.
Technicians, front-of-house and production staff voted unanimously to ballot for action after condemning a 2.77 per cent pay offer as “hopelessly inadequate”. Productions in January would be halted by a strike of about 170 workers.