13 Sep 2009
Technology changes the face of productions
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 Karen Wada [LA Times, 13 September 2009]
In the theater, technology has been a boon and a bane. Since the introduction of science to the stage three decades ago, it has transformed the way shows are put together. “It pervades everything,” says Alys Holden, director of production for Center Theatre Group. “Lighting, video — which is its own subset — sound and scenery, where automation is huge.”