Britain's Conservative Party Calls for Inquiry into English National Opera

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The U.K.'s opposition Conservative Party has asked secretary of culture Tessa Jowell to investigate mismanagement at English National Opera.

Hugo Swire, the party's "shadow secretary" for culture, said that a government inquiry was needed after the resignation of ENO chairman Martin Smith last week. Smith stepped down after weeks of criticism following the departure and rapid replacement of ENO artistic director and CEO Sešn Doran.

"The public needs to be reassured that the company is properly run, and that its ability to offer high class productions for all to enjoy is not jeopardized as a result of current management problems," Swire wrote.

"Though I fully support the ENO in its purpose and aims," he added, "there is clearly a perceived crisis of confidence in the management. We cannot allow any organization which receives (as it did last year) Ô£16 million of annual subsidy from the taxpayer to be immune from proper scrutiny."


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