English National Opera is one of the world’s most innovative and accessible opera companies with an international reputation for distinctive, contemporary and highly theatrical productions.
2012/13 facts and figures
- 16 ENO productions, 11 new and five revivals, including two UK premieres, one London premiere and two ENO premieres
- Three operas by living composers (Jakob Lenz, Caligula, Dr Dee)
- Acclaimed productions of rarely performed work – Julietta, Medea and the first production of The Pilgrim’s Progress since its debut in 1951
- Collaborations with 15 partners from 12 countries
- 205,000 people attended ENO performances, with 29,000 booking for the first time
- Ryan Wigglesworth appointed ENO Composer in residence
- ENO Mackerras Fellowship launched in association with The Philip Loubser Foundation, with Gergely Madaras selected as inaugural fellow
- Over 80% of talent was British born, trained or resident including seven British conductors
- 12 exceptionally talented British singers received bespoke training and development through ENO Harewood Artists
- 4,750 young people from 17 London State schools participated in ENO Opera Squad
- ENO Community Choir (150-strong open access, non-auditioned choir) gave seven public performances at Westminster venues
- Opera Undressed, an initiative designed to encourage those new to opera to try it for the first time, was successfully launched and over 25% of those participating have booked again
- Members of Access all Arias, ENO’s free membership scheme for under-30s and full time students, purchased over 4,000 tickets
- Over 1 million unique visitors to our website – representing year-on-year growth of 27%
- 98% growth in our social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter
- Five productions broadcast on BBC Radio 3, reaching over 1,148,000 listeners
- A further 200,000 attended the 107 performances presented at the London Coliseum by guest companies including English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Cape Town Opera
During the year ENO responded to reductions in public funding and a continuing challenging economic environment, and generated reserves through the creation of an expendable endowment. ENO successfully raised £2.8m for ENO Create.
An overall surplus of £2.7m was recorded due to successfully raising £2.8m for ENO Create matched by £1.4m ACE Catalyst funding to support productions in the year and the future. Unrestricted activities resulted in a deficit of £780,000, a reduction by two-thirds on the prior year. This has been met from retained reserves to allow the company to continue to present a dynamic programme while reducing its cost base and seeking additional revenue streams. At the year end the company held £1.8m of unrestricted reserves.
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