'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 Georgina Ralston on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7845 9849.
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.
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: Emily Stubbs, Head of Development on 020 7845 9241 or email: email@example.com
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. Each season, the Group directly supports one new or recent work by a contemporary composer, often a UK or world premiere.
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 Darryl de Prez, Head of Major Donor Development on 020 7845 9494 or email firstname.lastname@example.org