We hear that Sarah Billinghurst, former artistic manager of the Metropolitan Opera, has resigned from the board of disintegrating English National Opera.
Sarah was brought in by John Berry to support his vision of international co-productions and superior casting. She has a Rolodex of contacts unequalled in the opera world. She also has a very wide reach into wealthy American society and she was working on creating an endowment base for ENO to pursue its ambitions.
With John Berry gone, however, there was nothing to keep Sarah at the Coli.
Her loss is entirely calculable. It costs ENO an indispensable artistic resource and a potential line of financing.
Disaster is too moderate a word to describe it.