Headless since the last chairman winged away and the putsch that removed John Berry as artistic and executive director, the ENO board has made two stand-ins into permanent appointments.
Harry Brünjes is confirmed as chairman and Cressida Pollock as chief executive. Brunjes is a pioneer in private medicine. Pollock is a McKinsey management consultant who speaks geek jargon.
Neither inspires much confidence within the company, but the Arts Council likes grey suits. Both are on three-year terms.
There are grim, colourless times ahead for ENO.