On the op-ed page of today’s Daily Mail I call out the proposed £18 million sale of an heirloom Hockney as ‘an act of stunning ingratitude.’
When Covid is over, the ROH will need to reconstruct itself, just as in Webster’s time. It will have to develop new talent and a more diverse audience, one that differs from the business classes who hog the best seats.
So long as Webster’s portrait still hangs, that revival looks realistic. Sell the Webster, and the ROH is hardly worth saving.
Read on here.