Every discussion of English National Opera’s problems winds up at the same door: the boardroom.
Say what you like about the achievements of John Berry, the company’s director, but governance is in the hands of the board, and the board has taken no responsibility for anything since Vernon Ellis handed over the chairmanship to Peter Bazalgette, who did a midnight flit to the Arts Council, where he has led the witch-hunt against Berry.
Yes, it’s that kind of board – divided, and divisive. Hopeless.
The solution? The board must go. But who will step up to chair a company that has lost the confidence of its funding body?
There is one person. He’s an opera lover and opera-goer. Immensely wealthy. Passionate about England and its institutions. Exceptionally adroit at business.
Don’t even think of smiling. He’s the best man for the job.
He is certain to be informally approached.
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