English National Opera (ENO) in association with its principal season sponsors, Sky and Artsworld, today (Monday 9th May) launched a new initiative that will make 12,000 reduced-price seats available across every production in the Sky & Artsworld Season. Visitors to ENO will be able to enjoy Dress Circle seats for performances including Mozartís CosÏ fan tutte, Benjamin Brittenís Billy Budd and Anthony Minghellaís new production of Pucciniís Madam Butterfly for £20.00- a saving of £25 per ticket.
The Sky Seats offer, part of Sky and Artsworldís £3 million sponsorship of ENO, can be booked for selected performances, starting with ENO's production of CosÏ fan tutte on June 2nd. The offer will continue for selected weekday and weekend performances through to the end of the 2005/2006 Sky & Artsworld Season.
"The Sky Seats offer reaffirms our commitment to making opera as accessible as possible," commented Se·n Doran, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of ENO. "The Sky Seats offer some of the best seats in the house at affordable prices which I hope will attract newcomers to ENO and the London Coliseum.î
"As an entertainment company we are delighted to be supporting lower ticket prices and making opera even more accessible to new audiences,î said Jon Florsheim, Chief Marketing Officer of BSkyB. ìOur successful partnership with ENO reflects Sky's commitment to entertainment, choice and diversity."
Sky and Artsworld have been the principal corporate sponsor of ENO since October 2003. The three-year partnership, worth £3 million is the largest ever achieved by ENO.
The forthcoming 2005/2006 Sky & Artsworld Season - covering over 400 years of opera - includes eight new productions. Celebrating English opera at the core, Benjamin Britten becomes ENO's house composer with Billy Budd launching a cycle of one Britten opera production each Season. Vaughan-Williams' Sir John In Love - directed by Ian Judge - and Purcell's King Arthur - directed by choreographer Mark Morris - further underline ENO's commitment to English opera.
ENO is also proud to be working with two new artists making their ENO debuts as directors. Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella directs a new production of Madam Butterfly and Chen Shi-Zheng launches the Company's new Monteverdi cycle with Orfeo.
The 2005/2006 Sky & Artsworld Season opens in September with the first staged world premiere of Gerald Barry's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, based on Fassbinder's classic play.
To take advantage of the Sky Seats offer call 020 7632 8456 or visit www.eno.org for more details on Sky Seats and all forthcoming ENO productions from May 9th.