The enterprising, internationally engaged London company will lose £5 million of its grant next year, reducing its handout to £12.4 million.
£3.1 million of that saving will go to Northern Ballet, a company of local repute.
This has nothing to do with art, everything to do with political capital.
Shame on Peter Bazalgette, ACE chair and former chair of ENO.
UPDATE: ENO response here.
Arts Council justification: ‘In spite of the indisputably ambitious quality of work and the important role this company plays in developing talent, ENO has struggled to reach box office targets and to achieve long-term stability.’
How stupid is that? They are the go-to production centre for the Met, Munich, Amsterdam and more. They bring more credit to Britain than the rest of the opera sector combined. So the ACE cut their grant.