In January 2020, following concerns raised 9 months earlier by a British East Asian working in opera, the English National Opera [ENO] reached out to a range of East Asian artists and academics working and living in the UK to attend a meeting to discuss issues raised by the then forthcoming opera Madam Butterfly, which opened on 26 February 2020.
As a result of the workshop, BEATS were in discussion with ENO about preparing a statement for possible inclusion in the programme for Madam Butterfly.
In the end, ENO decided not to publish our statement. We have decided to reproduce it in full here.
[Photo above taken from the Print Room Protest in 2017].