Telegraph calls for ENO to be saved

The Tory newspaper ran an editorial today, urging the retention of London’s second opera company. The paper’s opera critic, Nick Kenyon, is a former ENO board member.

Since he would have been consulted about the editorial, that interest should have been disclosed.

Here’s the editorial:

Last week the BBC came to its senses and withdrew its threat to abolish the BBC Singers after a huge outcry showed how highly valued this expert group of musicians is.

Now, Arts Council England needs equally to respond to the wide-ranging complaints across the political and arts spectrum that have greeted its ill-judged instruction to English National Opera to leave the London Coliseum and move outside London, threatening hundreds of jobs.

The Coliseum is thriving, the quality of ENO’s work is outstanding, its audiences are young and lively. Its work complements that of the Royal Opera House. Arts Council England must work out a new deal with ENO that enables it to maintain its base at the Coliseum while performing more outside London, supporting its core mission of opera for all.

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