ENO Harewood Artists – Memorable Moments (Part I)

23rd November 2017 in News

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Scroll down as a selection of ENO Harewood Artists past and present recall their most memorable moments on the programme.

Andri Björn Róbertsson – Current ENO Harewood Artist

Andri Björn Róbertsson - ENO Harewood Artist.

“I think my favourite moment of being a Harewood Artist so far has been singing Angelotti in Tosca last season and getting to share the stage with Gwyn Hughes-Jones. This was my first role at ENO and on the first night, when the orchestra played the first chords before the curtain went up, I was standing alone on the stage, with my back facing the audience. The rush of adrenaline and excitement was indescribable!”

Katie Coventry – Current ENO Harewood Artist

Katie Coventry - Mezzo-soprano of English National Opera

“My favourite moments of being a Harewood Artist so far have definitely been my first times on the London Coliseum stage. The very first was in an audition masterclass with Matthew Epstein. It was my first time singing on a main stage anywhere outside of the Britten Theatre at the Royal College of Music, where I was a student, so it was both overwhelming and exciting!”

Matthew Durkan – Current ENO Harewood Artist

matthew-durkan (c) Pablo Strong

“There are so many great moments and memories I can recall of my time at ENO so far, but I think my favourite would have to be singing Marullo in Jonathan Miller’s classic production of Rigoletto. For one performance, my partner and cover singer Gabriella Cassidy, performed the role of Gilda whilst pregnant with our first child. It will be a memory to cherish forever and was so surreal. I loved every moment and I was lucky enough to be able to watch her sing the third act from a box in the Coliseum. I was so proud and it’s amazing to think that the whole family were on stage together (except for our dog Barney!).”

David Ireland – Current ENO Harewood Artist


“The first moment I stepped onto the stage at the Coliseum, knowing that I was going on to cover Alan Opie as Doctor Bartolo in The Barber of Seville. The auditorium is so different during a performance compared to the last time I had sang on it: during an audition in November 2016! Being around such amazing colleagues on stage and behind the scenes made the whole experience something I will never forget.”

Kathryn Rudge – ENO Harewood Artist 2011-12


“My most memorable moment as an ENO Harewood Artist was just after I completed my postgraduate opera studies when I made my professional opera debut as Cherubino in Fiona Shaw’s new production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. It was an incredible first experience of being part of a professional opera company and I learned so much from working with such esteemed colleagues, with a wonderful orchestra, chorus, backstage staff and with the support of the whole team at ENO. I’ll be forever be grateful for this opportunity!”