26 Mar 2009
Orlando Opera faces the music: Shortfall could bring down the curtains
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.
Elizabeth Maupin [Orlando Sentinel, 24 March 2009]
Desperate for cash, Orlando Opera may not be able to produce operas after the current season if a new $500,000 fundraising campaign fails.
The 51-year-old group, one of the oldest major arts organizations in Orlando, is reeling from a huge deficit that has forced it to deplete the organization’s once-healthy endowment.