English National Opera’s Frayed Edges

“Two years of boardroom rows, budget deficits, strike threats, sackings and redundancies, plummeting box-office sales and the critics’ thumbs-down have taken a chastening toll on an institution that once breezily proclaimed itself as opera’s ‘Powerhouse’. Now ENO is beginning to reinvent itself in less aggressive guise, with a new managerial team led by artistic director and chief executive Sean Doran.”