The ENO announces new Head of Casting & Talent Development

31st October 2023 in News Press

The English National Opera (ENO) are pleased to announce that Matthew Broom, currently Planning and Casting Manager at Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras, will join the company as Head of Casting and Talent Development. Matthew will join the ENO in November 2023.

Matthew has been at Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras since 2017 and prior to this held a number of roles at several arts organisations including Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne, and Garsington Opera.

Annilese Miskimmon, ENO’s Artistic Director, says: ‘We are delighted that Matthew is joining the ENO in November. We’re looking forward to working with him, not only to bring the best of national and international talent to the ENO, but to develop future operatic talent, continuing the crucial work of making opera more inclusive for all.’

Matthew Broom says: ‘After seven wonderful years with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras working at the highest level, I am really thrilled to be returning to the operatic world and to work with the English National Opera as they continue their mission to produce accessible world class opera for everyone.’

The ENO looks forward to welcoming Matthew to the company in November.

Notes to Editors:

About the ENO

The English National Opera is the national opera company dedicated to one simple aim: creating extraordinary encounters with opera, on stage and beyond.

We believe that positive change for the industry comes from removing barriers to access. We sing in English to be accessible to the widest possible audience, as well as offering free tickets for under 21s to every performance and at every level of the theatre. We have extended discounts for under 35s, and tickets available for as little as £10 for everyone else. We create opera that feels different, theatrical, and creatively daring and have been doing this to an internationally recognised standard since being founded in 1931 as Sadler’s Wells Opera.

From the world’s first large-scale drive-in opera, TV broadcasts on the BBC and Sky, creative projects with young people and communities through ENO Engage, our learning and participation department, we strive to be bold and creative in everything we do. We take seriously our role of not just producing innovative work, but also employing the arts as a catalyst for social good. Since September 2020, we have partnered with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust to develop ENO Breathe, a social prescribing intervention that provides crucial support to people recovering from Covid-19. So far, 86 NHS Trusts are signed up to refer participants to the programme, and it has helped more than 2,700 people with long-covid across England.

We are passionate about making opera more inclusive and representative of the society in which we live, by actively recruiting musicians and singers from an ethnically diverse background in our Orchestra and Chorus Fellowships.

Showcasing the wealth of nationwide talent is fundamental to the ENO’s vision. Our talent development programmes continue to nurture the careers of singers (the ENO Harewood Artist programme), conductors (the ENO Mackerras Fellowship), musicians (ENO Evolve), directors (Director Observerships) and critics (ENO Response).

The ENO, creating opera without limits.