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John Berry steps down from English National Opera

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John Berry, the artistic director of the beleaguered English National Opera, is leaving the company with immediate effect after 20 years, following months of rumbling controversy about the future of the company and its Arts Council funding, and a string of senior resignations.

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John Berry steps down from English National Opera

John Berry, the artistic director of the beleaguered English National Opera, is leaving the company with immediate effect after 20 years, following months of rumbling controversy about the future of the company and its Arts Council funding, and a string of senior resignations.