Royal Opera House is left headlessOpera
Covent Garden’s chairman, the carphone billionaire David Ross, is leaving after just a few months in the seat, acording to an exclusive report on Sky News.
During his short time as chairman, Ross bought back the David Hockney portrait of David Webster which the board had previously put up for sale at auction.
The official reason for Ross’s departure is that the Government is insisting her serve another term at the National Portrait Gallery, where aggressive academics are trying to decolonise the collection.
Whatever the cause, the ROH has lost its chief benefactor and board chair for the second time in a year, following the earlier death of oil mogul Ian Taylor. He is a genuine opera enthusiast and key supporter of Nevill Holt Opera in the Midlands.
There may be trouble ahead.