Letter: Fate of the opera
Saturday 12 September 1998
Supposing we were to let the ROH be privatised, with all the advantages that might bring of improved access to corporate funding. Presumably, if the market works at all, an efficient opera house would emerge, finding its own level of financial stability, and high-quality (albeit highly priced) opera performances would continue to be produced.
Government might then switch from funding the institution (and its supposed inefficiencies) towards subsidising direct access to performances.
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