English National Opera Cuts Chorus

The English National Opera is in deep trouble. In its latest move, the company proposes to cut a third of its chorus. “The drastic cut comes a week before the company, which is at least £1.2m in the red, puts a radical restructuring before the Arts Council in the hope of a “once and for all” bail-out. With a showdown with the orchestra looming, and vote of no confidence yesterday in the management by the singers, their union refused to rule out the threat of strikes.”