English National Opera Chorus to Vote on Possible Strike

By Francisco Salazar

The English National Opera chorus is set to vote on taking industrial action following proposed salary cuts to the ensemble.

According to the Independent,” The trade union Equity will open a ballot on Jan. 4 which includes the potential for striking. The company’s Chorus members have noted that the ENO has proposed to reduce chorus’ contracts to six months of the year and cut salaries by 40 percent as the opera company seeks to cost save after it was pulled from the Arts Council England (ACE).

This is the latest news out of the ENO after announcing that it would be relocating to Manchester. In November 2022, the ACE offered the company £17 million over three years to relocate after the funding cut announcement. The ENO originally announced it would be moving by 2026 but moved it to 2029 when funding was adjusted.

Over the past year, many have protested the move and even the Music Director Martyn Babbins resigned.