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Monday, 10 September, 2001, 16:15 GMT 17:15 UK
Royal Opera House boss quizzed
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In April, Tony Hall took up his post as executive director of the Royal Opera House, an institution which has been stung with political and press criticism for years.

Many have described the former BBC executive's job as a poisoned chalice, saying the house is one most difficult arts bodies to run.

The role is a politically sensitive one, as a £78.5m lottery grant went into the £241m refurbishment of the premises in 1999.

But the opera house has been accused of élitism, and the government has repeatedly demanded that the venue's productions be accessible to all opera and dance lovers.

Can Tony Hall make a difference? Is he making progress on the thorny issues of funding, pricing and accessibility?

Mr Hall answered your questions in a live forum, hosted by BBC arts and media correspondent Nick Higham.


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