Each season ENO invites opera lovers and philanthropists to join our production syndicates, helping us to bring ambitious, theatrical and affordable productions to the London Coliseum stage. Great art has never been easy to create or to fund, and it takes particular dedication to invest in new productions.
In return, our production donors enjoy a variety of opportunities to be closely involved in productions from early rehearsals to the first night, including:
Meetings with the director, cast and creative teams to explore their ideas and share their vision for the production
- Special access to rehearsals leading up to the First Night
- A tour of the stage and set before curtain-up on the First Night
- Invitations to the First Night Party with members of the cast and creative team
- Acknowledgement in the production programme
For the 2013/14 season we are seeking support for the following productions.
Over more than thirty years ENO has developed a worldwide reputation for championing Handel’s operas for today’s audiences, presenting strongly-cast, theatrical and adventurous new productions of works such as Xerxes, Ariodante, Partenope, Agrippina and Radamisto.
This tradition continues in 2014 with the first production of Rodelinda in ENO’s history. Premiered in 1725 at the King’s Theatre - now the Theatre Royal Haymarket - Rodelinda is generally considered to be one of Handel’s greatest operas.
Britten’s Peter Grimes is one of the most successful operas of the 20th century. The eagerly anticipated revival of this beautifully moving David Alden production returns to the London Coliseum in January 2014. Stuart Skelton will revive his performance of the tragic Grimes, a role for which he received critical acclaim in 2009. He leads a talented cast, including leading Wagnerian baritone Iain Paterson, making his role debut as Balstrode, and internationally celebrated soprano Elza Van de Heever making her ENO and role debut as Ellen Orford.
ENO Harewood Artists Rhian Lois and Mary Bevan will take on the roles of First and Second Niece. ENO Music Director Edward Gardner will return to lead this impressive ensemble in the much-anticipated revival.
Wagner at ENO
ENO has a strong tradition of presenting productions of Wagner’s operas. Since Reginald Goodall’s Ring in the 1970’s, the Company has gone on to present masterpieces of the Wagnerian repertoire to great acclaim. ENO seeks to continue this tradition in future seasons and we are inviting supporters to help us invest in forthcoming productions.
For further information about supporting Rodelinda or Peter Grimes or to be kept informed about future plans and Wagner at ENO, please contact Ruth Naylor, RNaylor@eno.org or 020 7845 9474.