Without announcement or explanation, ENO have surreptitiously swapped directors for their forthcoming Così fan tutte. Out goes Katie Mitchell, in comes Improbable’s Phelim McDermott (of Satyagraha/Perfect American fame).
With only seven months until opening night, ENO are cutting it fine. So why the late change?
Did Katie Mitchell get a better offer elsewhere? Did her Artistic Vision exceed ENO's meagre budget? Or did co-producers the Metropolitan Opera chicken out in the face of Mitchell's signature double-decker backwards slo-mo stylings? What's the guess that we shall never know?