Doran will take over ENO at a very difficult time in its life, with a threatened strike by members of the chorus and with the company's finances in a parlous state — hence the proposed staff cuts. ENO was one of the most exciting companies working in the West End through the 1980's, when their productions were described as "the best musicals in London." Things have been harder of late, and Ross Stretton's early departure from the Royal Ballet suggests that London's major performing companies are not necessarily the easiest in the world to run.
On a positive note, however, ENO seems to be getting back in shape with an excellent production of Tosca due back in repertory in March.
Come 2004 (the centenary of its opening), the Coliseum itself should be fully restored to its Edwardian grandeur, and London will have (providing ENO solves its financial problems) two fabulously restored/improved opera houses at its heart.