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NPO 2017: ENO’s future stabilised following Arts Council funding success

Cressida Pollock ENO chief executive Cressida Pollock
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English National Opera has been readmitted into the national portfolio having been dropped and placed into special measures in 2015.

The opera company said its funding would remain at £12.38 million a year for 2018 to 2022, the same funding level it has been receiving under the special funding arrangement.

The organisation was dropped from the portfolio in 2015 after Arts Council England said it had “serious concerns” about the company.

ENO chairman Harry Brunjes said the decision to readmit the company into the national portfolio reflected “the hard work and sacrifice made by every single person across the organisation”.

“Their commitment has allowed us to build a sustainable business model, and one that I am confident will allow ENO to grow and prosper. A thriving, busy, competitive opera scene in the UK is vital if opera is going to continue to develop and flourish,” he added.

Chief executive Cressida Pollock said that the company had been “facing a very real risk of closure” three years ago.

“It is hugely significant to see the work of the whole company celebrated through this show of confidence from ACE,” she said.

Pollock vowed to invest more in ENO’s learning and participation programme, to keep “our ticket prices affordable”, and to grow the number of London Coliseum operas performed by 25% from the 2016/17 level – from eight to 10 by 2019/20.

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