An avowed lover of English National Opera (and a former singer, it appears) has posted a long, thoughtful and anonymous reflection on all that has passed at the company over the past 40 years, bringing it to the present crisis.
The author has allowed Slipped Disc to republish it under his name, Jonathan Peel. He makes a lot of cogent points and we will not cherry-pick them for rapid reading.
Just sample the opening paragraph and you will judge his serious intent.
So, why do we bother? Why are so many people incensed at the actions of ACE in devising a rescue plan for ENO that involves reducing the number of performances and performers, rather than seeking other ways to cut costs? It isn’t that this apparently elitist art form has to pay an inordinate wages bill to the chorus after all even with a 4 singer reduction in numbers from 44 to 40. The introduction of a forced layoff for 3 months a year is hardly going to replace the £5 million pound cut in subsidy, nor is it going to achieve any part of restoring this once great company to a level of fiscal security and prosperity.
Now read on here.
Benevenuto Cellini at ENO