English National Opera announces plans for 2022/23
English National Opera (ENO) announces its 2022/23 season on the main stage. The 2022/23 ENO season features nine productions on the main stage of the London Coliseum: seven new productions and two revivals.
This varied opera program includes a range of bold and relevant stories, both new and well-known.
Offering new productions of rarely staged plays, as well as large-scale works, we create an array of lyrical experiences for every member of our large and diverse audience.
Christof Loy’s production of Puccini’s Tosca makes its UK debut at ENO, starring Sinéad Campbell-Wallace in the title role, under the direction of Leo Hussain.
Jo Davies directs the first production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard in the company’s history.
Jake Heggie’s opera from the classic film It’s a Wonderful Life receives its UK premiere, directed by Nicole Payment, with Danielle de Niese making her operatic debut ENO.
Richard Jones’ Ring Cycle continues, with the first in Wagner’s epic saga, The Rhinegold, conducted by ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins.
ENO Artistic Director Annilese Miskimmon directs her second production for the company, Korngold’s The Dead City (Die tote Stadt), featuring Allison Oakes and Rolf Romei in their company debut.
Jeanine Tesori’s contemporary opera about police violence against African-American communities, Blue, receives its UK premiere. Directed by former ENO Mackerras Scholar Mathew Kofi Waldren, Tinuke Craig is making her debut as an opera director.
A new production of Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs is staged, directed and designed by Isabella Bywater and conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya.
The covers are Akhnaten by Phelim McDermott, directed by Karen Kemensek and Anthony Roth Costanzo returning in the eponymous role, and Carmen by Calixto Bieito, directed by Kerem Hasan. Ginger Costa-Jackson makes her ENO debut as the titular Carmen, with Sean Panikkar reprising the role of Don Jose.
The Coliseum Opera Season features some of the best UK and international talent in the world of opera.
Three new ENO Harewood artists are announced, each taking on lead roles on stage in the upcoming season: Ossian Huskinson (bass-baritone), Zwakele Tshabalala (tenor) and Innocent Masuku (tenor).
ENO’s work on the London Coliseum stage is just one element of the work we do nationally, throughout the year. Other plans for the year will follow.
Two new opportunities are created for singers with disabilities to join our award-winning choir, and a commitment is made to hire more deaf or disabled people for front roles to better reflect the population of London.
The success of ENO’s offer of free tickets for those under 21, for all ENO opera houses at all levels of the house, continues, as do the substantial discounts for those under 35.
Ticket prices for everyone still start at £10 and availability is increased.
ENO’s program of laid back performances on the main stage with full choir and orchestra will be expanded to 3 productions this season: The Yeomen of the Guard, It’s a Wonderful Life and
ENO is working with the disability-led charity Attitude Is Everything on a range of initiatives including disability equality trainings and internships to support future professionals who are deaf, disabled or neurodivergent and / or suffering from a physical or mental health problem.
From August, ENO Engage, the department of learning and engagement, will launch a new creative residency program, inviting artists from disciplines outside of opera to bring diverse perspectives to the art form.
ENO announces nationwide rollout of ‘Finish This…’. The Music Creation Program for Primary, Secondary and SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Learners is moving from 14 pilot schools to becoming available in schools across the country.
ENO will also release a unique 45-minute family comedy-drama “Abracadopera”, designed to introduce young audiences to opera. It will be available to watch on Sky Kids, Sky Arts and the NOW streaming service in June 2022.
This summer, ENO Engage will partner with Sky Arts as part of its Access All Arts programme, a national arts week for primary schools from June 6-10.
ENO Engage will launch a new membership program for secondary schools across the country, including access to free and discounted tickets, events, online teacher training and in-class workshops.
ENO CEO Stuart Murphy says, “The value of ENO goes far beyond our pioneering artistic work. The transformation of ENO over the past few years means that now over 50% of all ENO attendees are first-time bookers. Our radical access programs, proactive diversity recruitment, industry training and award-winning national engagement work – like ENO Breathe – mean that ENO is now truly the gateway opera company. of the country, and therefore a fundamental element of the national artistic ecology.
ENO Artistic Director, Annilese Miskimmon, says: “We are delighted to present this unique and bold season of artistic plans and announcements, which span from our home at the London Coliseum and across the country via our new national engagement projects. As a true 21st century opera company, our mission is to deliver a combination of both beautiful escapes and ambitious, forward-thinking work. We’ve designed this season to deliver just that – fresh, relevant stories that entertain, amaze and make you think.
ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins said: “This is an ENO season to celebrate and look forward to. Music and theater come together to provide our audience with a heady mix of new discoveries and familiar operatic masterpieces that we keep watching again. The ENO Orchestra and Choir, in sparkling form, will embrace and inhabit this broad and thought-provoking repertoire, delivering performances that move and inspire.
Director of Strategy and Engagement, Jenny Mollica, said: “As the national opera company for all, we are delighted to launch a number of new partnerships and programs over the next season which continue to expand opportunities for people and communities across the country to develop their creative talents and potential.Through partnerships with the NHS, schools and broadcast partners, we continue to develop our work regionally and nationally to create new possibilities for opera in people’s lives.