17 Jun 2008
Euro keeps scared music lovers from Vienna state opera
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.
[Earth Times, 17 June 2008]
Vienna - The Vienna State Opera recorded this season's lowest attendance rate during Austria's Euro 2008 match against Germany - because music lovers were scared by the nearby Euro fan zone, the opera said Tuesday. The opera filled only 79 per cent of its seats on the Monday match night, compared with an average of 99 per cent during the season.