TWELVE MAJOR INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORS FROM THE WORLD OF OPERA, THEATRE, FILM AND VISUAL ARTS, INCLUDING TERRY GILLIAM, SIMON MCBURNEY, PIERRE AUDI, RICHARD JONES

GILLIAM RETURNS TO DIRECT A NEW PRODUCTION OF BENVENUTO CELLINI

A WORLD PREMIERE - THEBANS BY JULIAN ANDERSON AND FRANK McGUINNESS, CONDUCTED BY EDWARD GARDNER AND DIRECTED BY PIERRE AUDI

TEN PRODUCTIONS NEW TO THE UK

THE LAUNCH OF ENO HOUSE COMPOSERS WITH FOUR OF THE UK'S MOST EXCITING EMERGING BRITISH COMPOSERS

A NEW SPACE FOR CONTEMPORARY OPERA – AMBIKA P3

A NEW RELATIONSHIP FOR ENO WITH THE BOLSHOI THEATRE

THE UK PREMIERE OF MATTHEW BARNEY AND JONATHAN BEPLER'S, RIVER OF FUNDAMENT

Directors in the new season also include Calixto Bieito, Christopher Alden, David Alden, Joe Hill-Gibbins, Phelim McDermott, Katie Mitchell and Penny Woolcock, focusing on new work, fresh interpretations of core repertoire and outstanding casts

Work by four living composers: Philip Glass's Satyagraha, Jonathan Bepler's River of Fundament, Thomas Adès's Powder Her Face and Julian Anderson's Thebans

Ten new productions and four revivals, including two iconic productions from the last five years, Peter Grimes and Satyagraha

ENO 2013/14 SEASON: THE WORK

Terry Gilliam returns to ENO

Terry Gilliam returns to ENO following his fantastic success with the critically acclaimed and sell-out The Damnation of Faust in 2011. Gilliam will direct another Berlioz opera: Benvenuto Cellini, the technically challenging and rarely performed opera in two acts based loosely on the life of the Florentine sculptor of the title. Gilliam continues his successful relationship with ENO and Edward Gardner, who conducts.

A world premiere from Julian Anderson and Frank McGuinness

Music Director Edward Gardner leads Julian Anderson’s new opera, Thebans, with a libretto by celebrated author and playwright Frank McGuinness. Directed by Pierre Audi, founder of The Almeida Theatre and currently director of The Netherlands Opera and the Holland Festival, this world premiere will mark Audi’s return to London after 30 years. This is the first opera by Anderson, who is Professor and Composer in Residence at Guildhall School Music and Drama.

A new space for contemporary opera with AMBIKA P3

Joe Hill-Gibbins, one of Britain's most exciting young theatre directors, will direct Thomas Adès's Powder Her Face at Ambika P3. Last year Hill-Gibbins directed a delirious and disturbing production of the Jacobean classic The Changeling at the Young Vic, following on from his fresh, critically acclaimed revivals of The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Glass Menagerie and Brecht's A Respectable Wedding. Ambika P3 is the University of Westminster’s space for contemporary art, architecture and music, converted from the vast former subterranean concrete construction hall of the School of Engineering at Baker Street, London. Dedicated to innovation, experimentation and learning, the programme has been conceived as a laboratory and meeting place for practitioners, industry and academia.

Major directorial talent excels at ENO, bringing fresh interpretations of core repertoire

Artistic Director of Complicite, lauded actor and director of ENO’s critically acclaimed A Dog’s Heart, Simon McBurney will direct ENO’s new production of The Magic Flute. This co-production with The Netherlands Opera received its premiere recently in Amsterdam. Katie Mitchell, who directed Idomeneo for ENO in 2010 and After Dido in 2009, will return this season to direct a new Così Fan Tutte, with a libretto by celebrated playwright Martin Crimp. Calixto Bieito returned to London and ENO in 2012, after 8 years, with an acclaimed production of Carmen. He continues his relationship with the company, opening the 13/14 season with the powerful Fidelio, a co-production with Bayerische Staatsoper. Celebrated ENO Olivier Award-winning opera director Christopher Alden, currently directing Le Nozze di Figaro with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic, brings two new co-productions with Canadian Opera Company to ENO this season: Rigoletto and Die Fledermaus.

Matthew Barney’s new work

ENO often aims to extend its relationships with directors and composers, such as work with Damon Albarn and the hugely successful Dr Dee of 2012, to the multifaceted collaboration with Michel van der Aa and Sunken Garden of 2013 or Olga Neuwerth and David Lynch’s Lost Highway of 2008. River of Fundament is a new film/music project from artist Matthew Barney and Composer Jonathan Bepler Loosely based on Norman Mailer’s novel Ancient Evenings, the film explores the seven stages of the soul’s departure from the deceased body as it passes from death to rebirth in accordance with Egyptian mythology.

ENO: around the world

ENO's work continues to travel to the stages of the world, confirming the Company's position as one of the UK arts’ most prolific international collaborators and exporter of new productions. ENO introduces a partnership with the Bolshoi Theatre, who will stage their first ever Handel opera, Rodelinda, directed by Richard Jones, following its premiere at the London Coliseum. The Bolshoi will also present the celebrated ENO production of Billy Budd. International collaborators include: The Bolshoi Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Canadian Opera, Bonn Opera, The Metropolitan Opera New York, Netherlands Opera, Aix-en-Provence Festival and Manchester International Festival. In a year when the Metropolitan Opera, New York, has announced that its new season will open with Eugene Onegin followed by Two Boys (both productions which premiered at ENO) ENO’s reputation for creating award-winning and world class work that travels globally continues to grow. St. Anne's Warehouse in New York City will be the venue for ENO’s Bluebeard’s Castle in February 2014, in collaboration with New York City Opera.

Edward Gardner joins forces with some of the world’s best directors and leads the Company

Having had great success in the current season, with an Olivier nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for Billy Budd and The Flying Dutchman, ENO Music Director and recipient of an OBE for services to Music, Edward Gardner, continues to lead the acclaimed ENO orchestra and chorus. Across the season he conducts the opening production, Fidelio, the anticipated revival of Peter Grimes, the world premiere of Thebans, and returns to work once again with Terry Gilliam on Benvenuto Cellini.

Revivals of highly acclaimed and popular work

David Alden’s celebrated Peter Grimes, semi-staged at the BBC Proms in 2012 and premiered at ENO in 2009 was critically hailed as a must-see event. Alden’s Peter Grimes will return and reprising his universally praised performance as the eponymous protagonist is Stuart Skelton, who triumphed in the role at the London Coliseum and the Albert Hall. Philip Glass’s prayerful Satyagraha met with rapturous praise when it premiered at ENO in 2007 and 2010, and at the Metropolitan Opera in 2008 and 2011. Phelim McDermott’s epic portrayal of Gandhi returns, featuring the beautiful puppetry from Improbable Theatre, as does Anthony Minghella’s stunning Madam Butterfly and Penny Woolcock’s popular The Pearl Fishers.

BRITISH TALENT AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT AT ENO STRONGER THAN EVER

ENO today announces the launch of ENO House Composers

ENO gives four emerging composers a unique opportunity to observe the workings of a major international opera house. Working closely with ENO’s Music Department, the ENO House Composers will take part in a unique professional development programme. The composers will explore and gain insight into the specifics of writing for opera and will be able to develop their own projects within ENO. The ENO House Composers will attend sessions with librettists, directors, designers, musical directors and singers – including those on ENO’s Opera Works programme – and will be mentored by ENO’s Composer in Residence Ryan Wigglesworth, ENO Music Director Edward Gardner and the wider ENO team. The ENO House Composers are Alastair Putt, Richard Causton, Helen Grime and Edmund Finnis.

ENO Harewood Artists - ENO develops singers destined for the world stage

The ENO Harewood Artists programme for British and British-trained singers continues to place rising talent at the heart of ENO and ENO’s productions. In the 2013/14 season, Julia Sporsén, who was critically acclaimed in Richard Jones’s 2012 production of Martinů’s Julietta and Rhian Lois take roles in Die Fledermaus. Sporsén will also star as Antigone in the world premiere of Thebans, George von Bergen will sing the role of Sharpless in Madam Butterfly, Ben Johnson, recently lauded for his Alfredo in the Olivier Award-nominated, La traviata will play Tamino in The Magic Flute, Mary Bevan will sing Papagena and Eleanor Dennis will sing First Lady. Bevan also takes the role of Despina in Così Fan Tutte while Kate Valentine takes the role of Fiordiligi. Bevan and Lois will also appear in the revival of Peter Grimes as the two nieces, and Nicky Spence, the lead in Nico Muhly’s Two Boys, will be Francesco in Benvenuto Cellini. Taking the role of Leila in The Pearl Fishers is former ENO Harewood Artist Sophie Bevan, winner of the prestigious Times Breakthrough Award at the 2012 South Bank Sky Arts Awards and the recipient of the inaugural Young Singer of the Year Award at the 2013 International Opera Awards.

ENO casting from strength to strength

Acclaimed international tenor Stuart Skelton who has made ENO his UK home, sings Florestan in Fidelio, and once again takes the lead role in Peter Grimes. Rebecca Evans, arguably the UK’s leading lyric soprano, takes on the role of Rodelinda in Richard Jones’s new production and Emma Bell sings Leonore in Fidelio, a role she had huge success with at Opera North last year. British basses Matthew Best, Willard White, Pavlo Hunka and Peter Rose return, Amanda Roocroft takes on the role of the Duchess of Argyll in Adès's Powder Her Face and star tenor Peter Hoare from ENO’s Julietta and A Dog’s Heart creates the role of Creon in the world premiere of Thebans. Iain Paterson sings his first stage Balstrode in Peter Grimes, iconic British mezzo sopranos Dame Felicity Palmer and Diana Montague return, and star British singers John Mark Ainsley, Iestyn Davies and Susan Bickley all return for important roles.

Outstanding American sopranos Devon Guthrie and Corinne Winters also come back to ENO. Guthrie won praise for her Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro in 2010 and Winters received dazzling reviews for her portrayal of Violetta in Peter Konwitschny’s Olivier Award-nominated production of La traviata. She will sing the role of Teresa in Benvenuto Cellini, working with conductor Edward Gardner, and director Terry Gilliam. Celebrated South African singer Elza van den Heever, following her critically acclaimed performances around the world, makes her long overdue UK premiere singing Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes.

Leading conductors and rising stars

ENO Composer in Residence Ryan Wigglesworth, who was widely praised for his ENO debut in 2012 with Carmen and the Olivier Award-nominated Caligula, will conduct Cosi Fan Tutte. Christian Curnyn, who has recently conducted Medea and the Olivier Award-winning Castor and Pollux for ENO, and has developed a strong relationship with the company for leading rarely performed Baroque repertoire, returns to conduct Rodelinda. Brilliant young conductor Eun Sun Kim, one of three finalist of the Deutsche Dirigenpreis in 2013, comes to ENO to conduct Die Fledermaus, and Graeme Jenkins, retiring Music Director at Dallas Opera, returns to ENO for Rigoletto. ENO’s talent development scheme for conductors, the ENO Charles Mackerras Fellowship, in association with the Philip Loubser Foundation, has given young conductor Gergely Madaras (the inaugural Fellow) the opportunity to shadow Edward Gardner and train with the ENO orchestra and music staff. In the 2013/14 Season, his second year of the programme, Madaras will conduct The Magic Flute.

George Harewood – A Celebration - 24 June 2014

ENO will celebrate the life of George Harewood, former MD, Chairman and President of ENO. David Pountney, Artistic Director of WNO, will devise the evening, working closely with Henrietta Bredin, ENO Artistic Director John Berry and a team of friends, colleagues and associates of Lord Harewood. The evening will feature ENO Harewood Artists and guest contributors and artists, including conductors and former ENO Music Directors Mark Elder and Paul Daniel and current ENO Music Director Edward Gardner.

John Berry, ENO's Artistic Director said, ‘This season shows the power of loyal artists - singers, conductors, directors, composers and designers - who are prepared to put themselves on the line in a remarkably diverse and exciting range of work. Our international partners are also an important creative and supportive influence and it is wonderful that so many opera houses and festivals from around the world want to collaborate so closely with us.’

 

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