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ENO's mission

English National Opera is founded on the belief that opera of the highest quality should be accessible to everyone.

At ENO opera is theatre; expressing drama through the unique combination of music, text, dance, and design. We sing in English and believe that singing in our own language connects the performers and the audience to the drama onstage, and enhances the experience for all.

We collaborate across contemporary art forms, to reflect the growing diversity of our culture. And we take a fresh approach right across the repertoire, from baroque to contemporary, as well as commissioning new works as part of our commitment to the future of the art form.

We bring our productions to the widest possible audience, whether at the London Coliseum, nationally or internationally. We make our work accessible by offering a large proportion of tickets at affordable prices, and by distributing it widely on screen and via digital media.

We also aim to introduce completely new audiences to the magic of opera through stimulating and creative learning and participation programmes.

We are a national company of internationally recognised standard. We nurture talent across the entire company, whether on-stage, backstage, or in the pit. We provide a platform for young singers to develop global careers.

Our vision is to be synonymous with making great opera accessible to the widest and most diverse audiences. We will continue to forge ground-breaking collaborations across art forms, and our world-class productions will inspire, surprise and captivate. We will be recognised as the national centre of excellence for developing opera, and as the benchmark for nurturing new talent. We will reach out to communities who might think opera is not for them.

We will tell the world’s most timeless stories, unforgettably.