Meet the 23/24 Responders
Meet this season’s 8 ENO Response participants and find out why they applied to take part in this talent development scheme.
Chloe is 20 and currently pursuing an English and Film Studies BA at King’s College London.
An avid lover of writing and the arts, she applied to ENO Response to refine her critical writing skills and engage with world-class opera on a critical level. She has encountered ‘The Handmaid’s Tale‘ and ‘La Dame aux Camélias’ in her literary journey, and is most eager to see how they differ in the opera form.
Hannah is 22 years old and recently graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Liberal Arts degree.
She is currently pursuing a career in journalism and is excited to be mentored by members of The Critics’ Circle in order to develop her writing and critiquing skills whilst learning more about opera. As a Margaret Atwood fan, she is particularly looking forward to The Handmaid’s Tale and seeing this astonishing story told through song on stage.
Jack is a 21 year old horn student at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, entering his final year of undergraduate study.
Jack applied to ENO Response in order to sharpen his critical faculties and expose him to journalistic writing in a genre he absolutely adores – opera!
Jennie Beard is 18 and is a student on the BMus Jazz course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama as a pianist.
Jennie was introduced to opera during music A-Level, but wants to develop her writing skills as a critic as she already reviews theatre for online blog Theatre and Tonic. As well as this, Jennie wants to engage in music that’s different to her degree.
Oscar is 29 and currently working in advertising in London.
He joined the programme to learn more about opera and writing critically about art.
He’s most looking forward to seeing La traviata in full bloom at the Coliseum.
Pau is a 21 year old trombonist from the Valencian region in Spain.
He is currently studying a Master of Performance course at the Royal College of Music after having finished his Bachelor of Music at the same institution. Apart from his career as a professional musician, he loves writing about music and is very excited to keep learning about that side of his profession.
He is particularly excited about ENO’s production of Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle.
Rebecca J Hall, 33, is a graphic designer and typesetter for children’s publisher Walker Books.
An avid culture vulture: she devours theatre, opera, musicals, ballet, art exhibitions and museums like there is no tomorrow. She applied for the ENO Response Scheme to develop a broader understanding of the industry, improve her critical thinking and get in-depth review feedback from members of the esteemed Critics Circle.
Rebecca is especially looking forward to hearing the arias performed in the 7 Deaths of Maria Callas.
Sophie (she/her) is 21 years old and is studying a Masters in Newspaper Journalism at City, University of London this year.
Sophie was a choral scholar as an undergraduate, thus building on a lifelong love of singing, so she saw ENO Response as an exciting opportunity to combine her interests in music and journalism, and learn from experts in both.
With a BA in English, she can’t wait to see how the novel The Handmaid’s Tale has been adapted into an opera.