Letter: Opera budget

Sir: It is extraordinary for Derek Deane, the artistic director of English National Ballet, to make such strong allegations of waste against the Royal Opera House (20 November) without citing examples of such extravagance and without any knowledge of Royal Ballet budgets.

Like ENB, our opera and ballet companies both work to tight budgets and they have accepted salary freezes, redundancies and massive budget cuts in order to break even. They share the same aims: to offer best quality entertainment within available resources.

KEITH COOPER

Director of Sales and Broadcasting

Royal Opera House

London WC2

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