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Support The Winter’s Tale

The Shakespeare 400 celebrations continue at ENO with this exciting world premiere, an adaptation of The Winter’s Tale.

This exciting new commission is written by Composer-in-Residence Ryan Wigglesworth, directed by eminent British actor Rory Kinnear making his directing debut, and designed by seasoned opera and theatre designer Vicki Mortimer.

The outstanding cast includes three British major international singers whose careers have been nurtured at ENO: Iain Paterson, acknowledged as among the leading Wagnerian bass-baritone of his generation; soprano Sophie Bevan, whose roles for the company have ranged from Handel to Mozart to Strauss; and baritone Leigh Melrose, a definitive Wozzeck at ENO.

They are joined by mezzo-soprano Susan Bickley, whose performance in Between Worlds and Thebans at ENO were highly acclaimed, and current and former ENO Harewood Artists Samantha Price and Anthony Gregory.

Join Us: Be part of our new Tale through ENO Contemporary

ENO Contemporary is a patron group that directly supports 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 the 2016/17 season ENO Contemporary patrons can enjoy privileged access to the composer, director, cast and creative team of The Winter’s Tale as they follow how this new work is devised, created and developed from score to stage.

Supporters who feel able to make a donation of £100 or more will gain exclusive access to a series of bespoke events, allowing them to become involved in the early stages of the rehearsal process right up to the First Night.

Supporter Benefits


  • Curtain down report, detailing the impact of the production


  • An invitation to the First Night post-show party
  • Name credit in the production programme as a Production Supporter
  • Curtain down report, detailing the impact of the production


As above plus and 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 Rory Kinnear
  • Sitzprobe rehearsal: the first time that the singers and orchestra rehearse together
  • Orchestra Rehearsal: witness the early rehearsal stages as Ryan Wigglesworth conducts his score with ENO’s Orchestra
  • 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 17/18 season*


As above plus:

  • Name credit on the front cover of the programme
  • Watch a performance from the wings or orchestra pit**


As above plus:

  • The opportunity to host a private dinner with Rory Kinnear or Ryan Wigglesworth**

These benefits are intended as a guide and we would be delighted to discuss the opportunities for further involvement from patrons wishing to make a gift in excess of £20,000.

If you would like to find out more or discuss your support please contact Harry Hickmore, Individual Giving Manager on [email protected] / 020 7845 9494.

*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:
£500 – Benefits £14 and Donation £486; £1,000 – Benefits £32 and Donation £968; £5,000 – Benefits £106 and Donation £4,894; £10,000 – Benefits £103 and Donation £9,897; £15,000 – Benefits £104 and Donation £14,896; £20,000 – Benefits £105 and Donation £19,895.