14 Dec 2008
A gift of music
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.
[Baltimore Sun, 14 December 2008]
Cultural organizations are taking a beating during the economic downturn, and to recover, they’ll more than ever need to retain the devotion of audiences who have supported them for years. That’s why the Baltimore Opera Company, which recently filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11, should figure out a way to show its appreciation for all those who bought tickets for scheduled productions that have been canceled.