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Martin Smith’s ENO birthday celebrations Martin Smith, the meddling chairman of the English National Opera, has had a disastrous press, and it is doubtful that the appointment of Se?n Doran as artistic director will improve things. Doran is an unknown quantity and, arriving from the Perth Arts Festival, conspicuously lacks the experience of a great artistic director. It will take a while for Smith to regain the public goodwill he squandered in his personality clash with ousted ENO general director Nicholas Payne. But now that the fuss is over, it’s worth remembering that Payne’s contract was up for renewal…

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