The FT’s Richard Fairman wrote a thoughtful piece for Opera News about the parlous state of English National Opera. Then artistic director John Berry resigned, turning the future on its head.
Richard had to cast his piece. He quotes me as saying: ‘The company is in a perpetual state of siege. Fundraising has been poor. Media relations have been poor. Personal relationships have ceased to function within the company, leading to a drip-drip-drip of executives resigning, and the relationship with the Arts Council has broken down…. The level of hostility towards ENO at the Arts Council is astonishing.’
So what hope now for besieged ENO? Read Richard’s piece here.