04 Dec 2007
Arts: Concert halls target the younger listener
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 Patricia Naatz [Financial Times, 4 December 2007]
As Germany’s population ages, the nation’s great opera houses and concert halls are facing rapidly-shrinking audiences. Already struggling to fill seats, some of the country’s most venerable institutions have launched a series of initiatives to rejuvenate their public appeal.