03 Apr 2006
Performance Cancellations at the Bavarian State Opera as a Consequence of the Ongoing Ver.di 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.
[Bayerische Staatsoper, 3 April 2006]
Since February 13, there has been a strike by stage crew and workshop personnel at the Bavarian State Opera. By dint of every effort, we have so far succeeded in avoiding any major impediment to our performances.
The organizational consequences, however, are catastrophic. Because of overstresses on the non-striking personnel and the collapse of the logistical system in the largest operatic operation in the world, the Bavarian State Opera is now forced to cancel performances.