Five new productions and four revivals is the sum of slim pickings, announced this morning.
One of the five new shows is a staging of Britten’s War Requiem. Is that what the composer had in mind?
Another is The Merry Widow, an operetta of seriously vintage humour.
There is a world premiere for Iain Bell and Emma Jenkins’s Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel.
The Australian director Adena Jacobs makes her UK debut with Salome.
And there’s a co-production of Porgy and Bess with the Met and Dutch National Opera. John Wilson conducts. Two Americans in the title roles – Eric Greene and Nicole Cabell.
That’s what makes it English National Opera.