Mark Elder on ENO: The chorus is the haemoglobin of an opera company’

‘However,’ the former music director goes on to tell Richard Morrison in The Times (paywalled), ‘many companies survive — and have done for years — without a 12-months-a-year chorus and orchestra. Whether ENO can have musicians employed all year round must be one of the issues its management is facing.’

Mark says ENO has always been on the brink. The present team must learn to live within its means.

If you’re not a Times subscriber, you’ll have to buy the paper to read his thoughts.

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photo: Chris Christodoulou/Lebrecht Music&Arts

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  • I wonder how many conductors these days have to ‘live within their means’?
    There seem to be quite a few who live beyond many peoples very modest dreams.

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