ENO’s 2018/19 season features five new productions and four revivals at the London Coliseum, as well as a gala performance celebrating 50 years of opera in residence at the London Coliseum and collaborations with the Unicorn Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East

ENO’s 2018/19 season is the first curated by Artistic Director Daniel Kramer and Music Director Martyn Brabbins

Director Adena Jacobs opens the season with her UK debut, a bold and radical feminine interpretation of Salome conducted by Martyn Brabbins and starring Allison Cook in the title role

ENO will perform Porgy and Bess for the first time in the company’s history, conducted by John Wilson in his ENO debut with a cast featuring Eric Greene, Nicole Cabell, Latonia Moore and Nadine Benjamin alongside an ensemble of 40 singers

ENO’s Olivier Award-winning Chorus will be joined by the ensemble from Porgy and Bess to present Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, conducted by Martyn Brabbins, directed by Daniel Kramer and designed by Turner Prize-winning photographer Wolfgang Tillmans

Associate Director at the Old Vic Max Webster will direct The Merry Widow with a cast of ENO favourites including Sarah Tynan, Andrew Shore and Rhian Lois joined by baritone Nathan Gunn and conducted by Kristiina Poska

ENO will present the world premiere of Iain Bell and Emma Jenkins’s Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel with central female roles created by some of the UK’s most esteemed singers, including Dame Josephine Barstow, Susan Bullock, Janis Kelly, Lesley Garrett and Marie McLaughlin

Opera for All: 50 Years of Opera at the London Coliseum will be a special evening of performances celebrating moments from operas that have played an important part in ENO’s history, performed by stars from ENO’s past and present

The season’s revivals comprise David Alden’s striking Lucia di Lammermoor, Jonathan Miller’s much-loved La bohème, Phelim McDermott’s Olivier Award-winning Akhnaten and Simon McBurney’s standing-room only production of The Magic Flute

ENO will collaborate with the Unicorn Theatre in May 2019 to present 19 performances of Dido, inspired by Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, in a production directed by Purni Morell, conducted by ENO Mackerras Conducting Fellow Valentina Peleggi and specially aimed at teenage audiences

In July 2019 ENO will collaborate for the first time with Theatre Royal Stratford East to present Noye’s Fludde, directed by Lyndsey Turner and bringing together professional performers, children and community groups from across Newham with participants from our ENO Baylis programme

More than 42,500 tickets are available at £20 or less across the 2018/19 season, increased from 39,500 last season Today (1 May 2018) ENO has announced its 2018/19 season, comprising five new productions, four revivals and a gala performance at the London Coliseum alongside collaborations with the Unicorn Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

This season will see 85 performances of opera at the London Coliseum, having increased from 79 in the 17/18 season and 73 in the 16/17 season. In the 19/20 season ENO will be increasing to 10 fully-staged productions at the London Coliseum.

ENO’s Artistic Director, Daniel Kramer said: “I am delighted to present ENO’s 2018/19 artistic season, the first we have curated in full since Martyn Brabbins and I joined the company. This season comprises nine main-stage operas, two ENO Outside projects, a very special gala to celebrate 50 years at the London Coliseum, and the work of our learning and participation programme, ENO Baylis. The nine operas that we’ll be performing at the Coliseum this season explore and examine some of the patriarchal structures, relationships, and roles of masculinity within our society. From our radical, feminine interpretation of Salome through to the bold Merry Widow and our female-led retelling of the Jack the Ripper story, I hope that these productions will prompt conversation around what an improved balance of masculine and feminine might look like, what a healthy masculine might encompass, and the changes we need to make for this to be possible. I am immensely proud that our Olivier Award-winning ENO Chorus will join our 40-strong, handpicked Porgy and Bess ensemble for our presentation of Britten’s War Requiem, ENO’s commemoration of the end of the First World War. I would like to thank my colleagues onstage, offstage, in the pit and behind the scenes who have worked so hard to bring together this season. We look forward to welcoming you to the Coliseum and to sharing with you the endless ways in which opera continues to entertain, electrify and enlighten us all.”

ENO’s Music Director, Martyn Brabbins said: “It has been a privilege to conduct two operas as ENO Music Director this past season, and I am looking forward to conducting Strauss, Britten and a world premiere from British composer Iain Bell next season. At ENO we strive to move our audiences by the passion and brilliance of our music making, and through the intensity and commitment of our Orchestra and Chorus. Opera has an unrivalled ability to communicate, and it is gratifying to know that our performances are reaching an ever wider and more diverse public.”

ENO’s CEO, Stuart Murphy said: “It has been a great first few weeks as CEO of English National Opera. I’ve been struck by how passionate people are about what we do, both within the company and outside, which makes me even more keenly aware than I was of my duty to renew, grow and embolden us for the future. That requires the continued dynamism of the exceptional teams I’ve encountered here, as well as support from our thousands of production partners, performers and friends across the world. I am pleased to share that, during the 17/18 season, our average sold occupancy increased from 67% in the 16/17 season to 72%. Additionally, we have seen a real shift in our audience, with the percentage of audience members under 44 increasing by 13% year-on-year and the proportion of our audience with a black or minority ethnic background increasing from 4% to 10%. We have so much more to do in this area, but to see this shift start to take place is truly exciting. ENO Baylis, our learning, participation and outreach programme, is absolutely core to what we do. Equally vital is ensuring that people are never priced out of enjoying one of our operas, and so maintaining our ability to sell over 40,000 tickets a year at £20 or less remains key. Opera is for everyone and we are committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of people, from all walks of life, know that.”

 

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