Irish National Opera commits to Irish artists. Why not Covent Garden?main
The new INO had lift-off this week in Dublin.
Its artistic director Fergus Sheil said that the company ‘wants to give pride of place to Irish singers and celebrate their work at home in Ireland the way it is celebrated in leading opera houses around the world. We want to bring our creative talent to venues large and small, to communities around the country, and create thrilling experiences that will attract new audiences to our uniquely multi-faceted artform.’
Tours are planned to Cork, Dún Laoghaire, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, London, Navan, Sligo, Tralee and Wexford.
Now cross the Channel.
The Royal Opera House, which receives £25 million a year from the UK taxpayer, never leaves London.
And its policy for many years has been to train, advance and promote singers who are not British.
The best young British singers have to find training places abroad, mostly in the EU.
Those places may be closed to them after Brexit.
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