Richard Brooks, Arts Editor
ONE of Scotland’s richest men, the businessman Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay, is to come to the rescue of the troubled English National Opera with a donation of £2m.
Laidlaw, who has almost single-handedly kept the Scottish Conservatives afloat since 1997, is to help to finance a number of productions over at least two seasons at the Coliseum in London’s West End.
His intervention will be a huge relief to the opera company, which has been beset by a wave of financial and managerial problems.
In the past three months ENO has lost its chairman, Martin Smith, its chief executive, Sean Doran, and its music director, Oleg Caetani, who resigned before he had even started. Last month the company was threatened with a strike by staff."