29 Jan 2009
L.A. Opera announces cutbacks
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.
David Ng [LA Times, 27 January 2009]
Facing declining donations and a budget stretched by its upcoming production of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle, Los Angeles Opera has joined a long list of performing arts institutions cutting budgets and staff.