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Is there any hope for the English National Opera?

"It has to prove it finally knows how to live within its means"

By Tom Sutcliffe  

Ben Johnson and Devon Guthrie in the English National Opera's The Magic Flute ©Robbie Jack, ENO

Theatre in London is extremely popular and the floods of tourists from around the world are immensely profitable for major impresarios like Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Musicals, like Phantom of the Opera, can run for decades. So why shouldn’t opera—just another form of musical theatre—test how much the punters will pay? At the annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera,…

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