English National Opera abandons historic venuemain
ENO has put its Lilian Bayliss studios up for sale, saying it needs a more ‘flexible and modern’ rehearsal facility.
The studios, in West Hampstead, were previously Decca’s recording base, home to Vera Lynn, Benjamin Britten, Kathleen Ferrier, Clifford Curzon and countless other legends.
They have been disintegrating for decades for want of strategic investment and development.
ENO’s long-term survival is in the balance after a prolonged pre-Covid slump.