About the ENO Chorus
The ENO Chorus is one of the finest professional operatic ensembles in the UK today.
Tracing its roots to the founding of the Sadler’s Wells Opera Company by Lilian Baylis in 1931, the ENO Chorus is committed to bringing opera sung in English to the widest possible audiences in thrilling and theatrically inventive productions.
Read more about the history of ENO
The ENO Chorus plays a key role in the company ensemble performing repertoire from Henry Purcell to Philip Glass. Recent notable successes include major new productions of:
- Glass’s Akhnaten
- Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe
- Verdi’s Aida
- Britten’s War Requiem
At the 2016 Laurence Olivier Awards, the ENO Chorus and Orchestra won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, and the Chorus were named Chorus of the Year at the 2016 International Opera Awards.
‘The transcendent ENO Chorus, who made the relentless choral writing seem effortless’ (What’s on Stage Satayagraha 2018)
‘the excellent ENO Chorus has rarely seemed so effervescent.’ (Daily Express Iolanthe 2018)
‘There’s a welcome spotlight thrown on many individual ENO choristers. Yet the real star is the chorus as a body. The sound they make in this tiny space is thrilling.’ (Guardian Paul Bunyan at Wilton’s Music Hall 2018)
Opera World Premieres
The ENO Chorus have played crucial parts in world premieres including The Winter’s Tale (Ryan Wigglesworth); Nico Muhly’s Marnie and Iain Bell’s Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel.
They have performed Death in Venice at Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam, an acclaimed Peter Grimes at the BBC Proms, a series of sell-out performances of the Brahms Requiem and sung at the Aldeburgh Festival and the Barbican.
ENO Studio Live
The chorus have been at the forefront of ENO Studio Live productions often performing in principal roles. The inaugural production of The Day After was chosen by The Observer as one of the top ten musical events of 2017 – “ENO’s Chorus dazzled in world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Phaeton-inspired opera”.
Other Studio Live productions include
- Trial by Jury
- Acis and Galatea
- critically acclaimed Paul Bunyan at Wilton’s Music Hall and revived at Alexandra Palace in 2019.
See the Chorus in our Studio Live productions in this photo gallery
The ENO Chorus: Who's who
Chorus Director – Mark Biggins
Chorus Manager – David Dyer
Assistant Chorus Director – Avishka Edirisinghe