[lg policy] sh National Opera Credit: Alastair Muir Hannah Furness, Arts Correspondent 13 January 2019 • 9:00pm Follow I t is one of the key and most controversial cornerstones of English National Opera, dividing performers, critics and audience members alike over its policy to sing the operas of Europe only in the English language. But some of those who argue for change are perpetuating “cultural elitism” by hoping to “keep the riff-raff away”, the company’s former music director has said. Mark Wigglesworth, who left ENO in 2016, warned of the “unspoken view” of some of those hoping to see opera in Italian or German, claiming they take a “certain pleasure” in making it inaccessible. “The rumours whispering through the cracks of the London Coliseum are alarming for those who believe English National Opera has a vital role to play in making opera accessible to all,” he said. “If the language policy that forms such a pillar of its identity is abandoned, it would b

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