Phantom pain as Opera Australia counts the cost

Original article by Matthew Westwood
The Australian – Page: 3 : 23-Jul-21

Opera Australia has postponed a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ due to COVID-19 lockdowns. About $20m worth of tickets for an upcoming run in Sydney and Melbourne have been sold, and the musical would have helped offset the $7.1m deficit that Opera Australia recorded in 2020. Meanwhile, Live Performance Australia will lobby the federal government for additional industry assistance, with CEO Evelyn Richardson warning that the sector is likely to face ongoing disruptions for at least another 6-9 months.


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