ENO Annual Appeal

Support The Valkyrie

Every year, the ENO Friends generously support an area of our work. In previous years, you have enabled young people to explore opera through our ENO Opera Squad programme. You have given us the ability to bring new opera to our stage, and you have helped us preserve some of our favourite productions so they can be revived again and again.

This year, we invite you to be part of our most eagerly awaited opera this season: The Valkyrie.

After the massive success of The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, Richard Jones has returned to the ENO to direct one of the most dramatic and demanding of Wagner’s operas. The Valkyrie is the start of a five-year collaboration that will see all four parts of the Ring cycle fully staged at our beautiful home, the London Coliseum.

We have a stellar cast lined up with Matthew Rose as Wotan, Rachel Nicholls as Brünnhilde, former Harewood Artist Nicky Spence as Siegmund, Emma Bell as Sieglinde, Brindley Sherratt as Hunding and Susan Bickley as Fricka. ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbin conducts the ENO Orchestra.

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Why we need your support:

Staging Wagner is a huge undertaking for any opera company. The Valkyrie score alone requires a significant number of additional players to take our forces up to 93 musicians. Your support will help us cover the costs of these exceptional musicians and help with the cost of the set and costumes.

Your support will allow us to:

  • enable the 14 principal roles to have individual role coaching sessions
  • hire 24 extra orchestra members
  • hire 10 actors who specialise in physical performance
  • allow our Costume team to create some truly spectacular costumes, influenced by English folklore with a modern twist
  • create a visually stunning production including multiple sets and many moving parts

The Valkyrie is this year’s Friends supported production and we hope you will consider making a donation. We’re not asking for thousands of pounds, although we wouldn’t say no to it, but think of it this way – if every ENO Friend gave just £20, we could raise over £80,000. So your £20 could help us make sure the first of our Ring cycle is a huge success.

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To donate by cheque, please send it to The Valkyrie Appeal, Development, English National Opera, London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
To make a donation by phone:
Call the Memberships Office on 020 7845 9420
Our office hours are 10am – 6pm, Monday to Friday.