08 Apr 2009
Cutting the Arts — Midlands Groups Struggle Amid Declining Support
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 Ron Aiken [Free Times, 8 April 2009]
In Charleston, the symphony orchestra has reduced the salaries of its musicians and staff by cutting its concert season by two months. In New York, the Metropolitan Opera has slashed its 11 scheduled performances to eight. Plans for new museums in Nevada and Ohio have been put on indefinite hold. In California, the Sacramento Ballet cancelled the remainder of its 2009-10 season, while the Baltimore Opera has filed for Chapter 11 protection and, further north, the 67-year-old Connecticut Opera has closed for good.