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21 March 2016

ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA CONFIRMS SETTLEMENT WITH EQUITY
BROADWAY WORLD - 21 March 2016
English National Opera can confirm that a deal to change ENO chorus contracts has been reached with Equity.
http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwopera/article/English-National-Opera-Confirms-Settlement-With-Equity-20160318 

ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA CHORUS PAY DISPUTE RESOLVED
BBC - 19 March 2016
The English National Opera (ENO) has resolved its dispute with its chorus, performers' union Equity has said.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35841968 
 
ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA CHOIR CALLS OFF INDUSTRIAL ACTION AS PAY ROW RESOLVED
BT.COM - 19 March 2016
Planned industrial action tonight by the English National Opera chorus has been called off after a pay dispute was resolved.
http://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/english-national-opera-choir-calls-off-industrial-action-as-pay-row-resolved-11364046865733 
 
ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA STRIKE THREAT WITHDRAWN AFTER PAY DEAL AGREED
GUARDIAN - 19 March 2016
Equity union negotiates guaranteed £35,000 pay deal for chorus after ENO’s Arts Council grant cut
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/mar/18/english-national-opera-strike-threat-withdrawn-pay-deal-agreed 
 
ENO SETTLES CHORUS DISPUTE WITH PRO RATA PAY HIKE
STAGE - 19 March 2016
English National Opera chorus members have agreed to a cash cut, but pro rata pay rise, for the work they do at the organisation.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/eno-settles-chorus-dispute-with-pro-rata-pay-hike/ 
 
ENO REACHES DEAL WITH EQUITY
WHAT’S ON STAGE - 19 March 2016
The English National Opera has been in talks with Equity with regards to the company's chorus
http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/eno-reaches-deal-with-equity_40007.html 

ENGLISH OPERA REACHES LABOR DEAL WITH CHORUS
NEW YORK TIMES - 19 March 2016
LONDON — The English National Opera announced Friday that it had reached an agreement with chorus members, who had earlier voted to strike on Friday evening over a proposal to cut salaries by around 25 percent and lay off four of the group’s 44 members.
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/03/18/english-opera-reaches-labor-deal-with-chorus/?_r=0 

ENO CHORISTERS CALL OFF PITCHED BATTLEMORNING STAR - 19 March 2016
SINGERS who voted to keep shtum in an opera last night called off their strike after reaching an 11th-hour compromise with bosses.
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-a076-ENO-choristers-call-off-pitched-battle#.Vu018Cl7DxI

MPS UNITE BEHIND CAMPAIGN TO SAVE ENO
STAGE - 9 March 2015
MPs have agreed to take a campaign to save English National Opera as a full-time company to culture secretary John Whittingdale.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/mps-unite-behind-campaign-to-save-eno/

A RARE BIT OF GOOD NEWS FROM THE ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA
ECONOMIST - 8 March 2016
AS THE British government tightens public spending, opera and ballet have lost out. Inflation-adjusted day-to-day spending by the government has barely budged since 2010 (though as a share of national income it has fallen). By contrast, public money for opera and ballet has fallen by about a fifth over the period (see chart).
http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2016/03/austerity-and-arts-funding-britain

WHY THE ENO NEEDS A FERGIE
BBC - 2 March 2016
You will probably be aware that the English National Opera is in trouble. Again.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35709920

ANTONIO PAPPANO AND ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA NOMINATED FOR OLIVIER AWARDS
CLASSIC FM - 1 March 2016
Just days after deciding to strike over pay and job cuts, ENO’s Chorus has been nominated for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera’, along with the ENO Orchestra
http://www.classicfm.com/music-news/olivier-awards-nominations-winners-full-list-2016/#OXz7gDoUlm88GX3y.97 

ENO CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA LEAD THE OLIVIER OPERA NOMINATIONS
WHAT’S ON STAGE - 1 March 2016
Awards beckon for the beleaguered St Martin's Lane company
http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/eno-chorus-and-orchestra-lead-the-olivier-opera-no_39852.html 
 
ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA SINGERS PROMISE SONGS OF RESISTANCE
SOCIALIST WORKER - 1 March 2016
Singers at the English National Opera (ENO) in central London have voted to strike against redundancies and pay cuts.
https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/42275/English+National+Opera+singers+promise+songs+of+resistance 
 
ENO TO CUT SENIOR PAY BY 20%
STAGE - 1 March 2016
English National Opera is to reduce pay levels for senior management by 20% as it seeks to make savings of £5 million.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/eno-to-cut-senior-pay-by-20/

ENO CHORISTERS VOTE TO STRIKE OVER PAY AND JOB CUTS
BBC - 26 February
Choristers at English National Opera have voted to go on strike in a dispute over pay and jobs.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35667440 
 
ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA CHORISTERS VOTE FOR STRIKE ACTION IN PAY ROW
TELEGRAPH - 26 February
World-renowned choir backs walkouts and other forms of industrial action after 100 per cent turn out
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/12174625/English-National-Opera-choristers-vote-for-strike-action-in-pay-row.html 
 
CHORISTERS AT ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA VOTE TO STRIKE
GUARDIAN - 26 February
Chorus will refuse to sing in first act of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten in protest at ENO plan to cut pay and axe jobs
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/feb/26/choristers-english-national-opera-eno-vote-strike 
 
ENO CHORUS VOTES TO STRIKE IN PAY DISPUTE
STAGE - 26 February
Chorus members at English National Opera will strike for the first time in 13 years in response to proposed changes to their contracts.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/eno-chorus-votes-to-strike-in-pay-dispute/ 

ENO MUST GO
SPECTATOR - 25 February
Of course one regrets that musicians will lose their jobs. But why should we have to pay for the opera company’s random experiments?
http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/02/eno-must-go/

LONG LIVE ENO!
SPECTATOR - 25 February
The opera company’s staggering Norma is a vindication of this questionable art form
http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/02/long-live-eno/

FIGHT TO SAVE ENO CHORUS ‘DIFFICULT BUT VITAL’ – EQUITY
STAGE - 23 February
Equity president Malcolm Sinclair has warned of a “difficult fight” to safeguard the jobs of chorus members working at English National Opera.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/fight-to-save-eno-chorus-difficult-but-vital-equity/

WHY SHOULD CHORISTERS PAY THE PRICE FOR MANAGEMENT’S BUM NOTES?
MORNING STAR - 22 February 2016
Singers from the ENO – the ‘people’s opera’ – are balloting for action over jobs and pay. MARTIN BROWN explains why we should be cheering them on
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-070f-Why-should-choristers-pay-the-price-for-managements-bum-notes#.VsrHqTLcvIc

CHORUS OF BOOS FOR STATE OF ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA
GUARDIAN - 20 February 2016
Darren Henley’s article (The ENO must evolve for its own sake, 17 February) is disingenuous and highlights the problem with Arts Council England and arts funding; a lack of an art form policy that holds the organisation to account for its funding decisions.
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/feb/19/chorus-of-boos-for-state-of-english-national-opera

NORMA, OPERA REVIEW: HERE’S TROUBLE IN THE WOODS
EVENING STANDARD -
19 February 2016
The climax here is a powerful one, but oh dear, it takes so long to get there, says Barry Millington
http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/norma-opera-review-here-s-trouble-in-the-woods-a3183521.html

NORMA, ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA
THE ARTS DESK - 19 February 2016
Classy sister act soars above Bellini's dull bits and an overcooked production
http://www.theartsdesk.com/opera/norma-english-national-opera

RICHARD MORRISON: IF THE ENO CHORUS WENT ON STRIKE IT WOULD BE SUICIDAL
TIMES - 19 February 2016
They should rename the company TENO because nobody refers to English National Opera at the moment without first inserting the adjective “troubled”. The cause of the trouble hasn’t changed for months. The company still needs to cut £5 million from its annual budget. That’s after Arts Council England, unimpressed by several years of poor box-office figures, substantially reduced its subsidy.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/article4693770.ece

MICHAEL COVENEY: A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL AT THE ENO
WHATS ON STAGE - 19 February 2016
Following the opening of Norma, Michael Coveney reflects on the controversy surrounding the English National Opera
http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/michael-coveney-on-english-national-opera_39766.html

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE SINGERS OPPOSE ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA CHORUS CUTS
GUARDIAN - 17 February 2016
ROH chorus writes letter of solidarity to tell ENO bosses that redundancies and planned pay cut of at least 25% are extreme
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/feb/16/royal-opera-house-singers-oppose-cuts-at-english-national-opera

EVERY OPERA COMPANY MUST ADAPT OR DIE: ENO IS NO EXCEPTION
GUARDIAN - 16 February 2016
Opera companies here and abroad are evolving and providing better value for money. If the ENO doesn’t become one of them, its future is at risk
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/16/english-national-opera-eno-cultural-treasure-value-for-money

ROYAL OPERA CHORUS JOINS CAMPAIGN AGAINST ENO CUTS
STAGE - 16 February 2016
Performers at the Royal Opera have condemned planned cuts to English National Opera's chorus, warning the move would be "irreversible" and threaten the "very essence" of the company.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/royal-opera-chorus-joins-campaign-against-eno-cuts/

POLL: SHOULD PERFORMERS BE PROTECTED FROM CUTS AT ENO?
STAGE - 16 February 2016
Chorus members from English National Opera have threatened strike action over plans to reduce their pay by 25% and make four singers redundant. They have argued they should be retained in full, on full pay, to protect the artistic integrity of the opera company.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/poll-should-performers-be-protected-from-cuts-at-eno/ 

ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA BOARD IGNORES PROPER DEBATE AT ITS PERIL
GUARDIAN - 15 February 2016
I applaud Mark Wigglesworth’s eloquent article (G2, 11 February) calling for a new, innovative approach to resolving the problems bedevilling English National Opera.
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/feb/14/english-national-opera-board-ignores-proper-debate-at-its-peril

ENO IN CRISIS: WHO CAN KEEP THE MAGIC ALIVE?
OBSERVER - 14 February 2016
Despite a glorious Magic Flute revival, a new artistic director of the stricken opera company will face some hard decisions
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/feb/14/english-national-opera-cuts-magic-flute

HERE’S A WAY TO MAKE THE ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA TRULY NATIONAL
INDEPENDENT - 13 February 2016
Cheap tickets and touring could solve the crisis  
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/here-s-a-way-to-make-the-english-national-opera-truly-national-a6865321.html

MARK WIGGLESWORTH: SAVE THE PEOPLE'S OPERA
GUARDIAN - 11 February 2016
English National Opera plans to slash wages and jobs after a £5m cut. Its music director believes this would be a betrayal of everything the company stands for
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/feb/11/mark-wigglesworth-eno-needs-to-innovate-to-survive-not-reduce

THE GUARDIAN VIEW ON ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA: JOIN THE CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL
GUARDIAN - 10 February 2016
Opera houses rely on singers the way hospitals rely on doctors. Managements are putting core purposes at risk
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/09/the-guardian-view-on-english-national-opera-join-the-chorus-of-disapproval

ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA SINGERS TO VOTE ON STRIKE ACTION
GUARDIAN - 9 February 2016
Equity union says proposed pay and job cuts amount to ‘cultural vandalism’ that threatens company’s artistic future
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/feb/08/english-national-opera-choristers-strike-vote 

ENO CHORUS TO STRIKE OVER PAY CUT
TIMES - 9 February 2016
English National Opera is facing its first strike in 13 years because of a plan to reduce its singers’ wages by a quarter.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/music/article4685853.ece

ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA CHORISTERS TO VOTE ON STRIKE AMID CHORUS OF PROTEST
DAILY MAIL - 9 February 2016
Choristers at the English National Opera are to be balloted for industrial action in a dispute over jobs and pay.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-3437121/English-National-Opera-choristers-vote-strike-amid-chorus-protest.html#ixzz3zan0f0dZ

ENO CHORISTERS TO VOTE ON STRIKE OVER CUTS
SKY NEWS - 9 February 2016
Equity, the union for staff at the English National Opera, warns that job and pay cuts could push it into "terminal decline".
http://news.sky.com/story/1637996/eno-choristers-to-vote-on-strike-over-cuts 
 
ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA CHORISTERS THREATEN TO STRIKE
TELEGRAPH - 9 February 2016
Equity union fights cuts could push the world renowned ENO into "terminal decline"
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/12146285/English-National-Opera-choristers-threaten-to-strike.html 
 
ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA SINGERS TO BE BALLOTED OVER STRIKE
BBC - 9 February 2016
Equity is to ballot the English National Opera's chorus over strike action in a row over job and pay cuts.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35523636

ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA CHORUS TO VOTE ON INDUSTRIAL ACTION OVER JOB AND PAY CUTS
EVENING STANDARD - 9 February 2016
The English National Opera’s chorus are to be balloted for industrial action after a row over potential job and pay cuts erupted into the open.
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/english-national-opera-chorus-to-vote-on-industrial-action-over-job-and-pay-cuts-a3175341.html 

ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA CHORUS THREATENS TO STRIKE OVER ‘BRUTAL’ PAY CUTS
STAGE - 9 February 2016
Chorus members from English National Opera are poised for strike action over a proposed 25% cut to their pay.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/eno-chorus-threatens-to-strike-over-brutal-pay-cuts/

ENO CHORISTERS CALL ON BOSSES TO CHANGE THEIR TUNE
MORNING STAR - 9 February 2016
OPERA choristers are balloting on strikes after an attack on their pay and jobs that amounts to “cultural vandalism.”
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-cd44-ENO-choristers-call-on-bosses-to-change-their-tune#.Vrm2WLfcvIc

ENO CHORUS TO BE BALLOTED OVER INDUSTRIAL ACTION
CLASSICAL MUSIC - 9 February 2016
Equity is to ballot the chorus of English National Opera over industrial action.
http://www.classicalmusicmagazine.org/2016/02/eno-chorus-to-be-balloted-over-industrial-action/  

ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA CHORISTERS TO VOTE ON STRIKE AMID CHORUS OF PROTEST
BT.COM - 9 February 2016
Choristers at the English National Opera are to be balloted for industrial action in a dispute over jobs and pay.
http://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/english-national-opera-choristers-to-vote-on-strike-amid-chorus-of-protest-11364038776038 
 
ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA CHORISTERS MAY STRIKE OVER PAY CUTS
BREAKING NEWS - 9 February 2016
Choristers at the English National Opera (ENO) are to be balloted for industrial action in a dispute over jobs and pay.
http://www.breakingnews.ie/showbiz/english-national-opera-choristers-may-strike-over-pay-cuts-719601.html 

ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA CHORISTERS TO VOTE ON STRIKE AMID CHORUS OF PROTEST
BELFAST TELEGRAPH - 9 February 2016
Choristers at the English National Opera are to be balloted for industrial action in a dispute over jobs and pay.
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/english-national-opera-choristers-to-vote-on-strike-amid-chorus-of-protest-34433588.html 

CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL
PROGRESS - 9 February 2016
As Heart UNIONS week gets into its stride, an unlikely bunch of militants are preparing to take industrial action.
http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2016/02/09/chorus-of-disapproval/ 

ARTISTS RUSH TO SIGN SAVE ENO
SLIPPED DISC - 9 February 2016
Some of the best-known names in British opera have joined a petition, launched last night, to save English National Opera from death by 1,000 cuts.
http://slippedisc.com/2016/02/artists-rush-to-sign-save-eno-petition/#sthash.FTw5irPL.dpuf 

ENO OFFICIAL: WE ARE COMMITTED TO PRESERVING A PERMANENT CHORUS (JUST CHEAPER)
SLIPPED DISC - 9 February 2016
The chief executive of English National Opera, Cressida Pollock, has responded swiftly to a weekend petition calling on her board to fight plans to reduce the orchestra and chorus.
http://slippedisc.com/2016/02/eno-official-we-are-committed-to-preserving-a-permanent-chorus-just-cheaper/#sthash.hQshQbt5.dpuf

PETITION TO KEEP ENO FROM ‘SPLINTERING’ GETS 2,500 SIGNATURES
STAGE - 8 February 2016
More than 2,500 people have backed a petition calling on English National Opera to reconsider plans that threaten to make it a “part-time organisation”.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/petition-to-keep-eno-from-splintering-gets-2500-signatures/

ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA'S BIG GUNS SING OUT AGAINST PLANNED BUDGET CUTS
INDEPENDENT - 8 February 2016
Among the signatories are opera directors, conductors, musicians and singers
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/english-national-operas-big-guns-sing-out-against-planned-budget-cuts-a6859636.html
 

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