Right around the same time that the blog entry was posted, ENO launched a new Mini Operas website. A press release embedded on the home page (currently the only one visible) was a repeat of the blog post.
Since its launch in 2011, the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program has, according to informed rumour, failed to live up to expectations — and has not even begun to recover the millions of dollars spent on establishing curricula, preparing learning materials, establishing local contacts, and staffing the biannual examination process.
Two weeks ago, I heard that Banff Centre artistic director Henk Guittart was leaving and that future winter residencies for classical musicians were being cancelled. My calls to Banff Centre director Jeff Melanson were bounced to a spokesperson, who insisted nothing would change with Guittart’s departure. This has proven to be false.