ENO loses music director
Mark Wigglesworth, English National Opera’s music director, has resigned telling staff that the company “was evolving into something I do not recognise”, and he will leave the troubled company at the end of this season.
Wigglesworth, 51, join ENO in 2014 succeeding Edward Gardner, and he was seen as pivotal in the company’s artistic plans as it tries to deal with a subsidy cut of £5m a year.
But in an email to colleagues he said the ENO’s plan for the future due to be published in May, was something he could not support. “As hard as I have tried to argue to maintain what I believe to be the fundamental pillars of our identity, I have failed to persuade other of this necessity. I believe in efficiencies that increase our value for money and do not lose the opportunity of performing the highest quality opera to the largest number of people.”
The announcement come sin the week that a strike by the chorus was called off after settlement over the management’s proposal that the chorus members; contracts should be cut by 25% and the numbers reduced from 44 to 40. Last year ENO lost its chairman and executive director, followed by the artistic director. A new chief executive, Cressida Pollock, was appointed from a financial consultancy last September, and the company is currently trawling for a new artistic director.