The distinguished opera director Graham Vick (l.), staging a contemporary piece at Covent Garden this weekend, is alarmed that companies are being pushed to rely more on private money than public subsidy.
‘Opera companies are [being] forced more and more to rely on any private money they can raise,’ he told the (public-funded) BBC. ‘Inevitably, a theatre like the Royal Opera House is able to raise more than smaller, less attractive companies. That’s why we’re seeing the extraordinary explosion of country house opera – Grange Park, Longborough, Glyndebourne and so on – and the shrinking of regional opera.
‘All our marvellous regional opera companies are in real trouble and struggling.’