Klagenfurt, a small opera company has just selected the German director Aron Stiehl as its next intendant. He was chosen from a list of 48 applicants, all of them competent and experienced.
The Vienna State Opera has just advertised for a commercial director to work with the incoming chief Bogdan Roscic. As of today, 53 credible applications have been received.
When English National Opera advertised for an artistic director recently, the field was so thin that on a shortlist of five only two were even marginally worthy of consideration.
That’s how far ENO has fallen on the international scale.