In 1988 ENO launched the programme now know as ENO Harewood Artists. Designed to enable talented, UK-trained, singers at an early stage in their careers to be part of a major opera company, whilst continuing their training. ENO trains up to 13 young artists each season in every aspect of being a professional opera singer whilst giving them the opportunity to principal roles in ENO productions.
Meet the ENO Harewood Artists of 2013/14:
Part of the musical dynasty of the Bevan family, Mary is making a name for herself as an extraordinarily talented, young soprano. She studied at the Royal Academy Opera and made her ENO debut as Rebecca in the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys in 2010. Since then, Mary has sung the roles of Barbarina in Fiona Shaw’sThe Marriage of Figaro and Yum Yum in Jonathan Miller’s iconic production of The Mikado.
This season you willl be able to see Mary as Papagena in Simon McBurney’s The Magic Flute and as Second Niece in David Alden’s Peter Grimes. Mary will also be making her Royal Opera House début as Barabrina in Le nozze di Figaro.
Katherine trained at the National Opera Studio London and was the 2008 winner of the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Award. Katherine was nominated for this year’s Cardiff Singer of the World along with fellow ENO Harewood Artist Ben Johnson. Katherine’s recent roles include Donna Anna in Rufus Norris’s Don Giovanni and Berta in Jonathan Miller’s The Barber of Seville for ENO, Ortlinde in Die Walküre for The Royal Opera House and Woglinde in Götterdämmerung for Opera North.
New to the ENO Harewood artist programme this year, Scottish soprano Eleanor Dennis has recently graduated from the Royal College of Music. She made her professional début with ENO in 2012 in a new production of Vaughan Williams’ The Pilgrim’s Progress.
This season Eleanor will be back at ENO to sing the First Lady in Simon McBurney’s new production of The Magic Flute. Eleanor will also make her role début at Scottish Opera as Liù in Turandot for Scottish Opera.
Joining the ENO Harewood Artists programme this season is Anthony Gregory. Hereford-born tenor Anthony was the 2010 Independent Opera Vocal Scholar at the Royal College of Music International Opera School. In 2011 Anthony won the prestigious Lies Askonas Prize at the RCM. Last summer, Anthony sang the role of Edward Milfort in Rosini Il cambiale matrimonio for Aix-en-Provence Festival Acadèmie, which was performed at the main festival and on tour through France and Europe.
Anthony made his ENO début in 2012 as the Young Sailor in the new production ofJulietta. This season he will sing First Priest/First Armed Man in Simon McBurney’s new production of The Magic Flute, as well Borsa in a new production of Verdi's Rigoletto directed by Christopher Alden, and Haemon in the world premiere of Julian Anderson's Thebans.
ENO regular Ben Johnson has had a very successful year representing England in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2013, winning the Audience Prize. Ben studied at The Royal College Music. He won the Kathleen Ferrier Award in 2008 and was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist from 2010-2012. As well as being an ENO Harewood Artist he is also a Wigmore Hall Emerging Talent.
Ben’s recent engagements at ENO have included Nemorino in Jonathan Miller’sThe Elixir of Love, Don Ottavio in Rufus Norris’s Don Giovanni and Alfredo in Peter Konvitchney’s production of La traviata.
This season at ENO, Ben will sing Tamino in Simon McBurney’s The Magic Flute and Don Ottavio at Glyndebourne.
Welsh Soprano Rhian studied at the National Opera Studio in London. Rhian became one of the first recipients of a career development award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation. Whilst still studying Rhian made her performance debut with ENO as Ivette in Weinberg’s The Passenger, and since then she has performed as Frasquita in Calixto Bieito’s Carmen, Papagena in The Magic Flute and Nerine in Medea.
This season, Rhian will sing Adele in Christopher Alden’s Die Fledermaus and First Niece in David Alden’s Peter Grimes. In 2015 Rhian will be making her Royal Opera House début.
A new edition to the ENO Harewood Artists programme is Barnaby Rea. British bass Barnaby has just completed his studies at the National Opera Studio and before that The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Last year, whilst still in education, he made his debut for ENO in Wolfgang Rihm's Jakob Lenz and soon returned as Second Priest and Second Armed Man in Nicholas Hytner's famed staging of The Magic Flute.
This season sees Barnaby return to the London Coliseum as Ceprano in Christopher Alden's new production of Rigoletto and Nourabad in the revival of Penny Woolcock's The Pearl Fishers. 2013/14 also sees him appearing as Masetto in Sir Thomas Allen's new staging of Don Giovanni for Scottish Opera and Colline in Phyllida Lloyd's La bohème for Opera North.
A graduate of the Guildhall and National Opera Studio, Duncan won the prestigious Chilcott Award last year and was named as ‘One to Watch in 2013’ by Time Out Magazine. Duncan is fast establishing himself as an outstanding young singer, his recent roles at ENO have included Papageno in The Magic Flute and Schaunard in Jonathan Miller’s La bohème.
Duncan’s up-coming roles include Tarquinius in Fiona Shaw’s new production ofThe Rape of Lucretia for Glyndebourne and his role début as Marcello La bohème for Opera North.
Described as having a voice of real distinction and as one of our finest young singers, Nicky is about to go global. Nicky made his ENO début as Brian in the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
This season Nicky will be making his Metropolitan Opera début with the US premiere of Two Boys. Don’t worry, At ENO this season, Nicky will be sing the role of Francesco in Terry Gilliam’s production of Benvenuto Cellini.
Swedish soprano Julia Sporsén graduated from the Royal Academy of Music Opera Course and was the winner of the Opera Rara Patric Schimdt Bel Canto Prize and the Flora Nielsen Song Prize. Julia made her ENO début in David Alden’s Jenufa as Iano.
Julia joined the ENO Harewood Artist pogramme last year and her roles included Livia in Benedict Andrew’s Caligula and the title role in Richard Jones production ofJulietta. This season Julia is singing Rosalinde in Christopher Alden’s Die Fledermaus and Antigone in the world premiere of Julian Anderson’s Thebans.
Kate studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and then at the National Opera Studio. At ENO Kate has performed in a number of varied roles including Cathleen in Fiona Shaw’s Riders to the Sea, Elisabeth Zimmer in Elegy for Young Lovers, Helena in Christopher Alden’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mimi in Jonathan Miller’s La bohème.
GEORGE VON BERGEN
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and The National Opera Studio, George made his ENO debut as Schaunard in Jonathan Miller's La bohème in 2010. This season George will perform as Sharpless in Anthony Minghella’s Madam Butterfly and Zurga in Penny Woolcock’s revival of The Pearl Fishers. George will also make his début at Danish National Opera signing Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor.
Originally from Oxford, Catherine trained at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, and currently studies under the direction of Tim Evans-Jones. She took part in ENO Opera Works in 2009/10, and in September 2010 joined the ENO Harewood Artists, covering the roles of Zenobia in Radamisto, and Second squire and Third Flowermaiden Parsifal. She made her professional debut in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at ENO in May 201, and sang Second Lady in The Magic Flute and Kate Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly, a role which she reprises in ENO's 2013-14 season.