ENO Contemporary

Be part of the future of opera: support our groundbreaking new commissions and collaborations.

ENO Contemporary is a Supporters 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: Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel by Iain BellMarnie by Nico MuhlyThe Winter’s Tale by Ryan WigglesworthAkhnaten and Satyagraha by Philip Glass; Between Worlds by Tansy DaviesThe 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.

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 BarstowSusan BullockJanis KellyLesley Garrett and Marie McLaughlin. Alan Opie creates the role of the Pathologist, 50 years after his ENO debut, and Natalya Romaniw returns following her performances in La boheme.

During our 2018/19 season, ENO Contemporary Supporters gained privileged access to the composer, director, cast and creative team of Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel. They followed how this new work is devised, created and developed from score to stage.

Supporters became involved in the artistic journey as we plan our commissions and collaborations in future seasons and enjoyed a bespoke series of events that open up opera across the art forms.

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.


£1,000 per year or £83.35 a month by direct debit.

  • Supporter 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


Leading Supporter

£2,500 a year

  • Production Progress evening with key ENO staff
  • Sitzprobe rehearsal: the first time that the singers and orchestra rehearse together
  • Orchestra Rehearsal: witness the early rehearsal stages as Martyn Brabbins conducts Iain Bell’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


Principal Supporter

£5,000 per year or £416.67 per month

Principal Supporters receive all the 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*


If you would like to discuss your support, please contact Katherine Sayer, Philanthropy & Legacies Manager on ksayer@eno.org  or call 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:
£1,000 – Benefits £32 and Donation £968; £5,000 – Benefits £106 and Donation £4,894