08 May 2006
London's Wigmore Hall Evades Cash Crunch With 300-Year Lease
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 Farah Nayeri [Bloomberg.com, 8 May 2006]
May 8 (Bloomberg) -- London's 105-year-old Wigmore Hall, one of the world's top chamber-music and recital venues, faced a cash crunch with a lease expiring in 2012 and the threat of doubled rent under a new owner. No longer.