'Being an ENO Harewood Artist feels like being part of a huge family, and it’s lovely to feel supported by the other singers as well as the management. It’s vital to have mentors at this stage in one’s career and the programme provides a safe and nurturing environment to try new things and develop' (Kate Valentine)
The commitment to nurturing new opera talent is at the heart of ENO’s work. ENO Harewood Artists provides training and support for singers at the beginning of their professional careers, giving them an opportunity to develop and learn as they take on roles. The carefully-structured programme of training includes vocal and language coaching, work with distinguished exponents of their repertoire and access to a performance psychologist. The programme aims to forge long-term links between the artists and ENO, and previous members have gone on to develop international careers while remaining in close contact with the company.
This season there are 13 ENO Harewood Artists and many are undertaking major roles in ENO productions. Meet them over on our blog.
ENO Harewood Artists makes a vital contribution to the next generation of opera talent in the UK and beyond. However, we rely on the support of forward thinking philanthropists to continue to develop new talent in this way. For a contribution of £1,500 per annum, supporters have the opportunity to experience the development and progress of our Harewood Artists through exclusive invitations to an annual series of recitals.
For more information on supporting ENO Harewood Artists, please contact Kat Hattersley on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7845 9494.
Each season ENO invites opera lovers and philanthropists to join our production syndicates. Box Office income alone cannot meet the costs of bringing some of our most ambitious and theatrical productions to the London Coliseum stage. Consequently we rely on philanthropic support so that we can continue to create distinctive and exciting world-class opera.
Production Syndicate donors enjoy a variety of opportunities to be closely involved in productions, from early rehearsals leading right up 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 2014/15 season we are seeking support for the following productions:
The Mastersingers of Nuremberg
The Mastersingers of Nuremberg is an opera which has helped define ENO. Since the 1968 staging conducted by Reginald Goodall, it has marked pinnacles of artistic excellence and a strengthening of ENO’s ensemble throughout the company’s history. To celebrate this reputation, ENO will present a production of The Mastersingers in February 2015, the first in twenty six years, and allow the whole company to shine.
First seen at Welsh National Opera in 2010, Richard Jones’ staging of Wagner’s comic masterpiece was described as ‘questingly intelligent’ by Rupert Christiansen in The Telegraph. Richard’s projects are marked by a surreal imagination and sparkling wit, and his recent collaborations with ENO include The Tales of Hoffmann and Handel’s Rodelinda in 2014.
Joining ENO’s orchestra and chorus will be a world-class cast with many artists making important role debuts, including Iain Paterson as Hans Sachs, Gwyn Hugh-Jones as Walther and Andrew Shore as Beckmesser. Two outstanding rising stars, former ENO Harewood Artist Madeleine Shaw and current ENO Harewood Artist Nicky Spence, will sing the roles of Magdalene and David.
The Indian Queen
In this vibrant production, devised by acclaimed director Peter Sellars, the rich and transcendent score of Purcell’s final unfinished opera is reworked around a new text and the inclusion of a number of Purcell’s most ravishing religious anthems.
This new retelling recounts the initial confrontation between Europeans and the Mayans of the New World through a personal account from the female perspective, which Sellars has based on The Lost Chronicles of Terra Firma by Nicaraguan author Rosario Aguilar. The production is a spectacle of music, theatre, dance, literature and visual art and features stunning set designs from LA-based graffiti artist, Gronk.
The musical team is led by baroque specialist Laurence Cummings, artistic director of major early music festivals in Britain and Germany. With an integral contribution from the ENO Chorus, the cast includes the exceptional young soprano Julia Bullock, for whom Sellars created the role, and leading British lyric soprano Lucy Crowe.
For further information about supporting The Mastersingers or The Indian Queen at ENO, and to be kept informed about future planned productions, please contact;
Emma Warren-Thomas (Mastersingers) on email@example.com or 020 7845 9474
Kat Hattersley (Indian Queen) firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7845 9494
The Music Director is at the heart of ENO’s work, driving the company musically and playing a vital role in many areas of the Company’s work, from repertoire to casting.
ENO has an unrivalled tradition of championing some of the foremost British conductors of the last 50 years. Previous Music Directors have included Reginald Goodall, Sir Charles Groves, Mark Elder and Paul Daniel. The current incumbent, Edward Gardner, is one of the most talented and exciting conductors of his generation.
Assuming the position in 2007, Edward has lost no time in dramatically raising the musical standards of the Company. He conducts three productions each season and particularly outstanding performances include Britten’s Death in Venice and Peter Grimes, Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman and Berg’s Wozzeck. He won the 2009 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for his ENO productions of 2008.
Established in 2008, The Music Director’s Circle is a small, enlightened group of supporters who invest in this pivotal role and enjoy unrivalled access to the Music Director and his work.
For further information about joining Music Director’s Circle please contact: Emma Warren-Thomas on email@example.com or 020 7845 9474.
ENO is committed to creating the future of opera by presenting ambitious and highly theatrical contemporary productions that push the boundaries of the art form and resonate with modern life.
- We pioneer new work by many of the world's greatest living composers, including John Adams, Harrison Birtwistle and Philip Glass.
- We create a platform for new generations of creative talent, such as US composer Nico Muhly and UK director Sam Brown.
- ENO is a testing ground for music, performance, art, design and technology, bringing cutting-edge video directors such as Fifty Nine Productions together with innovative performance groups such as La Fura dels Baus and Punchdrunk.
- We encourage new and diverse audiences to develop a passion for opera through highly imaginative works such as Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre and Rastakov's A Dog's Heart, which challenge traditional preconceptions of what opera should be.
Members of ENO's Contemporary Opera Group share our commitment to bringing pioneering new commissions and contemporary works to the international stage. Each season, the group directly supports one new or recent work by a contemporary composer, often a UK or world premiere.
By joining the Contemporary Opera Group, you will help ENO achieve its vision to establish opera as the most vital, relevant and challenging art form of our time. Members of the Contemporary Opera Group are asked to make an annual donation of £5,000 for at least three years.
For donors who wish to make a very significant contribution to contemporary opera at ENO, a gift of £20,000 or more can be directed to a specific production of your choice.
To discuss this opportunity in detail or to learn more about contemporary opera at ENO, please contact Emma Warren-Thomas on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7845 9474.