Established in 1998, our flagship ENO Harewood Artists programme was the first initiative of its kind in the UK.
Our commitment to nurturing new opera talent is at the heart of our 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, access to a performance psychologist and workshops with leading industry experts. 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 11 ENO Harewood Artists, many of whom are undertaking major roles in ENO productions.
Support ENO Harewood Artists
To support the programme, we rely on the support of forward-thinking philanthropists to continue to develop new talent in this way.
ENO Harewood Artist Patron membership begins from a donation of £1,500.
As a Patron, you would have the opportunity to follow the development and progress of the artists. This includes invitations to attend a series of private recitals, and bespoke opportunities to attend rehearsals and meet the artists - giving you the chance to become more closely connected to the young singers and their involvement in productions at ENO.
“It is always a pleasure to perform to the ENO Patrons. I know that all of the ENO Harewood Artists feel the same. Without their dedication opera at ENO simply couldn’t exist and the work they do allows us the privilege of performing at the London Coliseum in all these wonderful roles. To offer something back is really the very least we can do!” - George von Bergen, Baritone, 2014/15 ENO Harewood Artist
Find out more
For more information on supporting ENO Harewood Artists, and to find out about the benefits we offer to Patrons at different levels of giving, please contact Kat Hattersley, Individual Giving Manager on email@example.com / 020 7845 9494.
“It has been a pleasure to meet several of the Patrons so far as they are always such committed audience members and fans of the opera. In short, without their funding this programme would not exist. Without this access I would have missed out on so many opportunities that have improved me tremendously as an artist over the last year and the exposure that is created by performing constantly with a company as important as ENO.” - Barnaby Rea, Bass, 2014/15 ENO Harewood Artist
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7845 9474
Kat Hattersley (Indian Queen) email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 020 7845 9474.