Management Team

Chief Executive Officer
Stuart Murphy

Music Director
Martyn Brabbins

Chief Operating Officer

Karen Watson

Karen joined ENO in April 2019. Karen has a passion and forte for bringing together creative and commercial strategies and teams; providing frameworks that enable strong business results. Karen is skilled in financial planning & management, strategy & business development and customer analytics & insight.

What is your favourite ENO production?
I brought my eldest son to see La bohème at the ENO. It was his first opera. I wondered how a teenage boy would react and he spent the first half shuffling a bit in his seat. By the end of the performance we were both in tears and we shared a big hug. It was a beautiful shared moment and one both of us will remember.

What has been your favourite ENO moment?
At the dress rehearsal of The Merry Widow, Stuart came on stage and welcomed each of the primary schools, who were sitting in the balcony, by name. The children cheered as their names were called and the people sitting around me in the dress circle all looked up and smiled and there was a great warmth. And I thought of the great future that the ENO and opera has. It felt like we were doing something important.

How did you get started in your career?
I started on a very traditional finance route at one of the Big 4 accountancy firms but my career then went on to cover many aspects of strategy, business development and operational management. I have worked in many industries including retail and telecoms and beer and TV. I have also travelled extensively with my work to South Africa, USA, Colombia, Russia and all across Europe.

What do you love most about working at ENO?
I love the passion, the sound and the energy. I love that we are creating something that gives special moments to other people. It’s amazing to be part of an organisation that captures people’s imagination and emotions. I also love the diversity – both the people and the challenges we face – it helps to create new ideas and new ways of solving problems.


 

Associate Artistic Director

Bob Holland

Bob joined ENO in 2005 as the Company Manager before becoming a Producer, the Programming Director and then moving to his current role, working alongside Daniel Kramer, the Artistic Director. He has over 20 yrs experience working for various international Opera Houses.

What is your favourite ENO production?
Akhnaten – from the first week of rehearsals we knew that something very special was being created. The show went on to win an Olivier Award as well as be performed in Los Angeles and have a future presentation in New York at the Metropolitan Opera.

What has been your favourite ENO moment?
It’s always the same moment, seeing a set on stage for the first time. After looking at it in a tiny model box for months and months and then walking into the auditorium and seeing the actual design on stage is always pretty special.

How did you get started in your career?
I started as an intern at Glyndebourne Festival Opera gaining a remarkable insight into the workings of a leading opera company and falling in love with the art form.

What do you love most about working at ENO?
Working with a whole range of incredible people who constantly strive to achieve the best possible work through a collective belief that what we do is important.


 

Director of Marketing and Audience Engagement

Carolyn Sims

Carolyn joined ENO in February 2016 from Time Out and is responsible for the Marketing, Box Office and Communications teams. A chartered marketer, Carolyn brings a wealth of experience into the company, along with a passion for the arts.

What is your favourite ENO production?
Akhnaten – it was just such a stunning production that matched stylish performance with amazing music.

What has been your favourite ENO moment?
Putting sold out on the website for performances of Iolanthe, Paul Bunyan and Akhnaten

How did you get started in your career?
I started as a runner for a theatre in Liverpool, assigned to the marketing and technical departments and then joined the marketing department after doing my post grad in marketing.

What do you love most about working at ENO?
I love the people (my team especially), the opportunity to be part of some the best opera in the world and share that love of great entertainment with audiences and friends.


 

Communications Director

Olivia Pay

Olivia joined ENO in December 2018, having worked as Associate Director at a PR agency specializing in media, entertainment and theatre.

What is your favourite ENO production?
The Magic Flute – visually unforgettable. And with the balcony full of kids making use of our Under 18 Free Ticket offer, the atmosphere at the London Coliseum was electric.

What has been your favourite ENO moment?
Bringing Carol Kirkwood to her first opera, and broadcasting the weather live from our roof on a chilly Valentine’s Day morning to the millions of viewers of BBC Breakfast.

How did you get started in your career?
I started in political lobbying straight after university, but after a couple of years quickly became disenchanted with politicians (and this was way before Brexit!). I subsequently made the move over to public relations where I enjoyed the quick pace and the thrill of seeing things I worked on appear in print or on TV. I worked for more than seven years on a variety of clients becoming Associate Director at a leading PR agency, and completed a secondment to the Really Useful Group where I worked on a number of exciting projects for Andrew Lloyd Webber before joining ENO.

What do you love most about working at ENO?
The variety of work – no one day is the same. Everyone at ENO – no matter what department they work in – is full of passion and a desire to bring opera to everyone. It takes an army to get to curtain up, and nothing beats the buzz of an opening night.


 

Director of ENO Baylis

Natasha Freedman

Natasha joined ENO in November 2013 to reinvigorate the Baylis (learning and participation) programme. She is responsible for the artistic and strategic direction of the programme and brings a wealth of experience as a director and producer, having worked in theatre, film and visual arts.

Favourite ENO production?
It’s a tough call between Rodelinda and Akhnaten

Favourite ENO moment?
Watching the faces of all the performers, my team and the public as we filled the V&A Museum with song with our performance of Towards Another World.

How did you get started?
I read History, with a focus on African history, and became conscious of how in the Western world the arts have become separated from everyday life. I knew I wanted to play a part in shifting whose stories are given a platform, whose voices are heard and how the arts can be /should be part of a healthy society. My first job was to establish the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital performing arts programme. I wrote to the hospital and they opened the door for me.

What do I love about ENO? 
The amazing people that work here, their commitment and particularly my incredible team


 

Development Director

Andrew Given

Andrew joined ENO in 2010 as the Grants Manager, before becoming Deputy Development Director and then moving to his current role.  He is responsible for the Partnerships, Philanthropy, Grants, Memberships and Events Teams who all work together to raise £4m a year from our amazingly generous members and donors to support every aspect of ENO’s work.

What us your favourite ENO production?
Phelim McDermott’s production of Cosi fan Tutte – setting it in Coney Island was a genius idea.

What has been your favourite ENO moment?
Being stuck in the lift on an Opening Night – chatting to John Hurt and Lesley Garrett about how brilliant Terry Gilliam’s production of Benvenuto Cellini was.

How did you get started in your career?
I graduated from University of Liverpool with a degree in music and taught in Secondary Schools before making a career move into the arts.

What do you love most about working at ENO?
Bringing people into the auditorium of the London Coliseum for the first time. The ‘wow’ factor of our theatre never gets old.


 

Director of People

Vinita Suryanarayanan

Vinita joined ENO in January 2018 as Head of HR after 14 years experience in the Retail and Leisure Industry. She was designated Director of People in June 2018. Vinita is responsible for all people related functions and issues, and does so with the support of her colleagues.

What’s your favourite ENO production?
Satyagraha
… I loved the music, and completed related to the story!

What has been your favourite ENO moment?
Every time a staff member feels that the people team has helped them. I feel a sense of satisfaction and having achieved a goal.

How did you get started in your career?
I started out as a Management Trainee in HR with ESSAR in Mumbai, India.

What do you love most about working in ENO?
I love the passion of the people who work here, and the commitment of my team – they can be counted on.


 

Director of Facilities Management

Neil Lagden

Neil joined the company in 2016 as the Head of Facilities before becoming the Director of Facilities.  He is responsible for the buildings and infrastructure of our estate and manages the Building Maintenance team, Housekeeping and Security teams.

Favourite ENO Production?
I think this is Aida, this was the first Opera that I had seen, and left at the end of the performance immensely proud of all of my colleagues.  Chorus, Orchestra, Stage Teams, Wigs and Make up.  It was the realisation of how world class we are.

Favourite ENO Moment?
Every time I walk in to the Auditorium, I feel nothing but pride to be a custodian of this wonderful theatre.

How did you get started?
I am a qualified electrician who diversified in to Facilities Management.  I have been very fortunate in my career to work in some of the more iconic buildings in London including the London Coliseum.

What do I love most about working at ENO?
The buildings and their history, the people who work at ENO, the productions everyone works so hard to deliver. What’s not to love about being part of ENO!


 

Director, Orchestra and Music Department

Richard Meads

Richard joined ENO in January 2008 as Orchestra Logistics Manager after graduating from Trinity College of Music, where he gained a BMus in Performance and Trumpet. Subsequently he became Assistant Orchestra Manager and then Orchestra Manager and, in his current role, continues to manage the Orchestra as well as the Music Department comprising of the Chorus, Music Staff and the Music Administration team.

What is your favourite ENO production?
Nicholas Lehnhoff’s production of Parsifal staged in 2011.

What has been your favourite ENO moment?
Watching ENO’s production of Peter Grimes performed at the BBC Proms. Showing the Prommers what we do at the Coliseum every day.

How did you get started in your career?
I started playing the cornet at the age of 7. Music has always been a big part of my life and I feel blessed that I am able to work in the industry.

What do you love most about working at ENO?
The family feel of the company, and that I am truly lucky to work with such talented people.


 

Technical Director

Matt Noddings

Matt joined ENO in November 2016 and is responsible for all the Technical and Production departments. Matt has over twenty years experience creating and managing theatre teams. He has also production managed for almost every leading theatre and producer in the country.

What is your favourite ENO production?
Paul Bunyan.

What has been your favourite ENO moment?
First night of Salome.

How did you get started in your career?
A marketing placement at Hull Truck aged 16. When I said I was bored they showed me the door to backstage.

What do you love most about working at ENO?
The potential for great things.


 

Company Manager

Nicole Richardson

Nicole re-joined ENO in 2014 as Company Manager having recently returned from Brussels where she was Head of Stage Management at La Monnaie. Prior to this, Nicole worked in Stage Management for ENO and has worked in many opera and theatre venues all over Europe.

What is your favourite ENO production?
David Alden’s Peter Grimes – an amazing production of an incredible opera

What has been your favourite ENO moment?
The power & beauty of the chorus singing in Wilton’s – sent shivers down my spine & brought tears to my eyes

How did you get started in your career?
Interpreting for Russian Ballet companies taught me about theatre & fuelled my love of being backstage at the heart of the action

What do you love most about working at ENO? 
Working with incredibly talented people & working together to make the production a reality. Then seeing & hearing the tangible result of all your hard work.


 

Senior Producer

Nicholas Roberts

Nicholas joined ENO in 1983 as a Deputy Stage Manager and his first production was the first revival of Jonathan Miller’s Rigoletto. He was promoted to Stage Manager in 1986 and stage managed 72 productions including 9 world or UK premieres. In 1985 he took on his current role of Head of Planning.

What is your favourite ENO production?
Too many to choose just one but a short list of Rienzi, Rusalka, Rigoletto and The Mikado [I stage managed the first 112 performances] from my Stage Management days and, since then, Julietta, The Mastersingers of Nuremburg and Paul Bunyan.

What has been your favourite ENO moment?
The wonderful sound of the ENO chorus surrounding the audience in the Prologue of Paul Bunyan at the Alexandra Palace Theatre. The development of ENO Studio Live from a three week experiment in our West Hampstead rehearsal room in 2017 to sell out performances of Paul Bunyan at Wilton’s Music Hall and the subsequent revival at AP is something that I am very proud of.

How did you get started in your career?
I worked backstage at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham whilst still at college – three weeks of Ken Dodd twice nightly followed by two weeks of Danny La Rue twice nightly taught me all there was to learn about stagecraft and professionalism – and then I studied stage management at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

What do you love most about working at ENO?
It’s a family of very diverse characters who are all passionate about what we do and how we do it.


 

Head of Music

Martin Fitzpatrick

Martin joined ENO as Head of Music in 2004.

What is your favourite ENO production?
That’s a tough one. I think it has to be Mastersingers but Jenůfa runs it close.

What has been your favourite ENO moment?
The chorus exclamation of ‘Grimes’ in the first night of the 2013 revival of Peter Grimes. It genuinely lifted the hairs on the back of my neck.

How did you get started in your career?
My first week on the Guildhall School Repetiteur Course was spent playing The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) for Steuart Bedford.  A baptism of fire but I  knew what I wanted to do.

What do you love most about working at ENO?
The extraordinary variety of work we do. From Charpentier to Chess!


 

Commercial Director

Gary England

Gary joined ENO in July 2016 and is responsible for ENO’s commercial income streams including Food and Beverage, Retail, Publishing and Licensing and the non-opera programming of the London Coliseum including Dance, Musicals and one-night special events from Rock and Pop to Gala Award Ceremonies. Gary has held senior commercial positions in corporate, private and public sector environments ranging from Ascot Racecourse (Royal Ascot) to the Barbican and has a passion for the arts.

What is your favourite ENO production?
William Kentridge’s Lulu – it was such a perfect marriage of sight and sound. The selection of drawings Kentridge made for projections in the Opera perfectly capture the essence of both the Lulu plays by Frank Wedekind and Berg’s composition.

What has been your favourite ENO moment?
Every time I stand in the auditorium at the curtain call of a packed house, watching the standing ovation and hearing the thunder of applause.

How did you get started in your career?
I started working in hotels part-time to earn some extra pocket money waiting-on tables at weddings and conventions.  I loved the sense of occasion at those special events and the theatricality of corporate product launches.  After ten years in the meetings and events industry I was lucky enough to transfer the commercial skills I’ve learned from private sector to the Arts and haven’t looked back since.

What do you love most about working at ENO?
The diversity of the programme. World class Opera, national and international dance and limited run sell-out musicals as well as one night special events. The atmosphere and what we present is always changing and I love the different atmosphere that the audiences and productions create in this great theatre.


 

Head of Finance

Ana da Silva

Ana joined ENO as an interim in November 2018 and in June 2019 became a permanent member of staff.  Ana qualified in South Africa and has over 15 years experience working in the non-profit sector in various organisations.

What is your favourite ENO production?
The Magic Flute – beautifully done and very funny. Three hours flew by!

What has been your favourite ENO moment?
Theatre is one of my passions so I love the fact that get to work in this fascinating environment and delve into what makes it tick!

How did you get started in your career?
I did my articles at BDO Spencer Steward in South Africa.

What do you love most about working at ENO?
I feel that I can have a positive impact and help drive the organisation forward. I also love that people genuinely care about what they do.


 

Head of Legal and Company Secretary

Maria Kyriakou

Maria is ENO’s Head of Legal and Company Secretary.

What is your favourite ENO production?
Akhnaten – magnificent, surreal and otherworldly. From the first moment to the last.

What has been your favourite ENO moment?
The performance on every opening night, after observing a production idea develop into a spectacular reality. It’s the punch line of what we do.

How did you get started in your career?
I studied creative writing at the University of Oxford before starting a life in law. I qualified in Atlantic Canada’s largest law firm, practised commercial law in London for seven years and finally moved into the arts in 2019.

What do you love most about working at ENO?
At ENO every brilliant idea can come to life. I love ENO’s originality, creativity and authenticity. Artists say that ENO is where they turn for fulfilment. This is also true for the rest of us!

 


 

Head of Casting

Michelle Williams

Michelle joined ENO in 2016 and prior to this held a number of roles at Scottish Opera including: Head of Casting, Artists Manager, Tour Manager and Assistant Company Manager. She studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is a fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme.

What is your favourite ENO production?
I just can’t answer this question… I love many of the timeless classics that Jonathan Miller created, such as La bohème, The Barber of Seville and The Mikado, but then the ENO productions of Philip Glass by Phelim McDermott are incredible. I loved seeing the ENO Chorus in their element in Paul Bunyan with so many standout roles. I also love David Alden’s Lucia di Lammermoor and the list goes on and on…..

What has been your favourite ENO moment?
Putting the ensemble of Porgy and Bess together from around the world and seeing the amazing energy they created on stage was amazing. You don’t have to take my word for it as they won an Olivier Award and Southbank Sky Arts Award for Best Opera Production. However, musically the most incredible moment for me was when the ENO Chorus and Porgy Ensemble sang together in War Requiem, as there were some real spine tingling moments of singing.

How did you get started in your career?
At 18 I co-founded and was producer of MJ-UK Music and Arts, which produced musicals and operatic productions with children and young adults in Cirencester and Longborough Festival Opera. I also taught Singing, Recorder, Clarinet and Saxophone privately and in classrooms of junior schools around London.

What do you love most about working at ENO?
I love discovering new singers and following the Harewoods Artist’s Career’s as they develop.