The new director of the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, Oliver Mears, has held one previous job, in Northern Ireland.
The director of English National Opera, Daniel Kramer, has held none.
Neither has run a major enterprise before.
Neither has much by way of international credits or contacts.
Both are answerable to boards of uncertainty. Covent Garden has a new chairman, Ian Taylor. ENO’s board has presided over one calamity after the next.
Both houses are investing their energies in building renovation.
These are testing times for opera in London.