26 Apr 2006
Der Rosenkavalier, Komische Oper, Berlin
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 Shirley Apthorp [Financial Times, 26 April 2006]
Berlin’s opera houses, ordered to scrimp and shave a further €16m off their budgets by 2009, called a conference earlier this month to admit that it will not work. No matter what is eliminated, what is amalgamated, and who is sacked, nothing will make the numbers add up.