Be part of the future of opera: support our groundbreaking new commissions and collaborations.
ENO Contemporary is a Patrons group founded in 2005 to directly support ENO’s most innovative projects, new commissions, creative initiatives and groundbreaking collaborations across the arts. This dynamic group enables ENO to commit to producing cutting-edge work and invest in new operas.
In recent seasons, productions that have been supported by the group have included: Marnie by Nico Muhly; The Winter’s Tale by Ryan Wigglesworth; Akhnaten and Satyagraha by Philip Glass; Between Worlds by Tansy Davies; The Gospel According to the Other Mary by John Adams; Thebans by Julian Anderson; Powder Her Face by Thomas Adès; and Two Boys by Nico Muhly.
Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel – A new opera
In 2018/19 ENO will proudly present the world premiere of Iain Bell’s Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel.
Iain Bell is a prolific composer who has mined British historical and literary subjects for his critically acclaimed operas. His first, A Harlot’s Progress, drew on the paintings of Hogarth; the second, A Christmas Carol on Dickens and the third, In Parenthesis, on First World War poetry. With Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel, Bell and librettist Emma Jenkins draw on the history of those killed by the infamous Whitechapel murderer.
The central female roles will be created by some of the UK’s finest and most most esteemed singers, including Dame Josephine Barstow, Susan Bullock, Janis Kelly, Lesley Garrett and Marie McLaughlin. Alan Opie creates the role of the Pathologist, 50 years after his ENO debut, and Claudia Boyle returns.
ENO Contemporary Patrons gain privileged access to the composer, director, cast and creative team of Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel as they follow how this new work is devised, created and developed from score to stage. Supporters will also have the opportunity to become involved in the artistic journey as we plan our commissions and collaborations in future seasons and enjoy a bespoke series of events that open up opera across the art forms.
We warmly invite you to play your part in ENO’s future through supporting our groundbreaking new commissions and collaborations through joining ENO Contemporary.
Membership starts from £1,000 per year or £83.35 a month by direct debit.
Where possible, we ask for a commitment of three years of membership, to ensure that we can continue to invest in new commissions and future projects with confidence.
Whilst your support for this production is welcomed and important at any level, we are delighted to offer some bespoke opportunities and experiences for those giving at the following levels:
The opportunity to book for:
- Patron Insight Talk & Supper with members of the cast and creative team*
- Stage and Orchestra rehearsal
- Name credit in all production programmes and on the ENO website and foyer board
As above plus:
- Production Progress evening with Michael Mayer
- Sitzprobe rehearsal: the first time that the singers and orchestra rehearse together
- Orchestra Rehearsal: witness the early rehearsal stages as Martyn Brabbins conducts Nico Muhly’s score with the ENO Orchestra
- Bespoke invitations to events with our partner organisations
- First Night on-stage talk and complimentary programme
- Invitation to the first night pre-performance and interval VIP drinks reception
As above plus:
- Sponsor a role – have your name credited to a character in the programme and meet the performer to discuss their approach to role**
- Access to a private music call with a member of the cast**
- An exclusive pre-season spring meeting with a member of the ENO artistic team to discuss the forthcoming 18/19 season*
*Additional ticket cost applies
**Subject to artist availability or at the creative team’s discretion
All levels of ENO membership and patronage comprise a benefits value detailing the actual cost of membership to ENO. These benefits can be purchased separately at this price. Any amounts given over and above this benefits value are given freely as a donation and are eligible for Gift Aid. To discuss purchasing benefits separately please contact the Development Office on 020 7845 9241
For Gift Aid and VAT purposes, your contribution is split as follows:
£1,000 – Benefits £32 and Donation £968; £5,000 – Benefits £106 and Donation £4,894; £10,000 – Benefits £103 and Donation £9,897