Cameron’s man puts boot into ENO

Cameron’s man puts boot into ENO


norman lebrecht

July 10, 2015

Martyn Rose was appointed chairman of English National Opera two years ago with a brief to improve the company’s political connections and raise much-needed donor contributions.

In March he resigned, blaming the artistic director John Berry. Now he’s back for a gloat over John’s resignation:

‘This is the right decision for the English National Opera,’ says Rose, ‘which I have long believed was in need of a fresh artistic vision and an improved business model.’

Well, Rose failed to add a single political heavyweight to the board, or to bring in new donors. He positively slathered himself in glory at ENO.

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  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    Wonder what his background is, it’s obvious he knows nothing about theatre.

    • Peter Watt says:

      Is this the same Martyn Rose who declared in Money Week magazine that “A recession is not a bad time because there are opportunities where people are failing, there’s fragmentation in the market. Things happen in a recession.” – If it is, why on earth is this idiot being allowed anywhere near publicly funded institutions ?