English National Opera (ENO) today, 10 April 2014, announced that Henriette Götz has been appointed as its new Executive Director.
Henriette has more than 20 years international business experience, the last ten of which were in international arts leadership. She was most recently Executive Director of the innovative Vlaamse Opera, Belgium, which she joined in 2009. Henriette will commence her role at ENO in May 2014.
Martyn Rose, Chair of ENO’s Board of Trustees said:
“I am delighted to welcome Henriette as our new Executive Director. She joins ENO at an exciting time, as the company celebrates an acclaimed Spring season and will soon announce a number of transformational projects for the future.
“Henriette’s financial acumen and deep knowledge of the international opera and classical music sector fully equip her to help shape and deliver our future strategy, which will create a sustainable future for ENO as one of the world’s most innovative opera houses.”
John Berry, Artistic Director of ENO, said:
“Henriette is an excellent appointment to our executive team at ENO and I'm very much looking forward to working with her. She is an experienced and well respected opera administrator whose work with Vlaamse Opera, a regular co -producing partner of ours and one of Europe’s most exciting opera houses, will stand her in good stead for her work in London.”
Henriette Götz said:
“I have a deep passion for the arts, and especially for opera, so I’m delighted by the opportunity to join an organisation as creative and courageous as ENO. Their vision for the future is very exciting.
“I am very happy to work with John and I am looking forward to a productive future of great collaboration. I’m thrilled to be a part of this next chapter for ENO and I can’t wait to get started.”
Henriette Götz’s appointment completes a revitalised executive team at ENO.
Artistic Director John Berry will lead the executive team and will continue to expand his commercial input beyond the successful financial and artistic co-production investment model he created six years ago, as well as continuing to lead on the company’s ambitious artistic programme.
Executive Director Henriette Götz will be responsible for leading organisational operations including finance, theatre management, marketing, sales and fundraising functions. She will work closely with Financial Director Andrew Gambrell, who joins the executive team.
Music Director Ed Gardner completes the team through to the end of the 2014/15 season when Mark Wigglesworth, newly-appointed Music Director, assumes leadership of the company’s musical forces. Mark will also be working closely with John and his team on programme planning beyond August 2015.
The appointment of Henriette Götz comes as a result of the departure of Loretta Tomasi, who left ENO in December, after ten years with the company.
Notes to editors:
Henriette Götz has more than 20 years international business experience, ten in international arts leadership.
She was most recently Executive Director of Vlaamse Opera, Belgium, which she joined in 2009. Since 2008 she has also been Director and Co-Founder of Arts & Consulting Int., an international consultancy providing finance, organisation, marketing and sponsoring advice and management services to arts and cultural institutions. She is also President of The Board of the charitable Fidel Götz Foundation, based in Liechtenstein.
From 2004-2006 she was Director of Marketing and Communications for the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and has also worked with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Lucerne Theatre and Sotheby’s in Amsterdam.
Previously, Henriette was International Relocation Manager for Dow, Director of International Retail Marketing for Juvena International and International Buyer for C&A.
Henriette holds an Executive Master in Arts Administration from the University of Zurich and a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Lausanne.
A photograph of Henriette is available on request.
English National Opera (ENO) is the UK’s leading producer of world-class opera, sung in English. Working with the very best talent from across the arts and creative industries, we create distinctive, highly theatrical productions and stage more new work and contemporary opera than any other UK opera company. We champion British and British-trained talent by placing it at the heart of our performances and providing unique development programmes for singers, musicians, composers and conductors. Our productions are seen by audiences across the world thanks to partnerships with its most celebrated opera houses and cinema transmissions by ENO Screen. Through all our activities we aim to make our work enjoyable, accessible and affordable for as many people as possible.