Support Our Music Director
All donations are welcome and if every Friend gave just £25 we would raise over £100,000.
If you would like to give more there are opportunities for greater involvement:
- £125+ Recognition in programmes for The Force of Destiny, The Magic Flute and Jenůfa
- £250+ The above plus an invitation to one Stage & Orchestra rehearsal
- £500+ The above plus an invitation to the 2016/17 season launch in spring
- £1,000+ All of the above plus a bespoke package of privileges including invitations to the First Night parties
'Having been a fan of English National Opera for over 35 years this exceptional company is very close to my heart. I am thrilled that the 2015/16 season marks the start of my tenure as ENO Music Director and this season I will conduct four wonderful operas:
'I start with Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk which was the first opera I conducted for ENO in the wonderful David Pountney production. Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new version promises to be as equally inspiring. A fresh take on what is an iconicopera for the company, symbolising our desire to combine the successes of the past with an ambition to keep regenerating ourselves for the future.
'Next comes Verdi’s The Force of Destiny. It is as broad an emotional tapestry as you could imagine, ranging from sacred to secular, spiritual to personal. As the backdrop to a very intense set of personal relationships, ENO’s extraordinary chorus will be heard at their very best.
'In contrast, Mozart’s The Magic Flute is a more intimate evening but with the orchestra in Simon McBurney’s production raised to a visible level, the musical experience is elevated. The flexibility of ENO’s orchestra is well-known. For them to be seen as well as heard gives justice to their technical abilities as well as their passion.
'My final production for the season is one of the greatest operas ever written. There are those where the music takes the lead, and others where it is the drama that drives the piece along. With Janaček’s Jenůfa, both elements are equally strong. The result is a complete experience that very few other composers can match.
Your contribution to the Music Director’s Appeal can help us create work that challenges and inspires; makes people think and makes them feel; and maybe even makes them laugh! ENO gives its audiences an unforgettable experience – every time! Your generous support in past seasons has helped us to stage productions we would never have otherwise been able to produce. Without you, we could never have staged such iconic productions of Rodelinda and The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. I do hope that you will be able to help us again.'
ENO Music Director
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