English National Opera’s 2013/14 Season

We’re delighted to announce our 2013/14 season at English National Opera. Our forthcoming season features 12 international directors from the worlds of opera, theatre, film and visual arts, 10 new productions, 4 hit revivals and 4 works by living composers.

Highlights of the 2013/14 season include:

  • Terry Gilliam returns to English National Opera to direct Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini following his critically-acclaimed, sell-out production of The Damnation of Faust in 2011
  • The World Premiere of Julian Anderson’s first opera Thebans, with libretto by Irish playwright Frank McGuinness, directed by Pierre Audi
  • A site-specific production of Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face in Ambika P3, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins
  • UK premiere of Matthew Barney’s and Jonathan Belper’s River of Fundament
  • Ten new productions, including Fidelio, Die Fledermaus, The Magic Flute, Rigoletto, Rodelinda and Cosí Fan Tutte
  • Four smash-hit revivals, including Satyagraha and Peter Grimes

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.’

Let us know what you think of the 2013/14 season, and what you’re most looking forward to! Simply comment below, or tweet us using the #ENO1314 hashtag. 

Public booking opens for all productions from Fidelio to Rodelinda on 10th June.

Friends of ENO can book from 13th May.


2013/14 Season in full:


Ludwig van Beethoven

Directed by Calixto Bieito

Conducted by Edward Gardner

Opens: 25 September 2013 (7 performances)

25, 27 Sept, 01, 03, 12, 17 Oct, 7.30pm & 06 Oct, 3.00pm

A co-production with Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich

Cast includes: Emma Bell (Leonore), Stuart Skelton (Florestan) excluding selected performances, Philip Horst (Don Pizarro), James Creswell (Rocco), Sarah Tynan (Marzelline), Adrian Dwyer (Jaquino), Roland Wood (Don Fernando)

Die Fledermaus

Johann Strauss II

Directed by Christopher Alden

Conducted by Eun Sun Kim

Opens: 30 September 2013 (11 performances)

30 Sept, 02, 05, 09, 11, 15, 18, 22, 24, 31 Oct, 06 Nov, 7.30pm

A co-production with Canadian Opera Company

New production supported by Lord and Lady Laidlaw

Cast includes: Tom Randle (Gabriel von Eisenstein), Julia Sporsén (Rosalinde), Jennifer Holloway (Prince Orlofsky, Rhian Lois (Adele), Richard Burkhard (Dr Falke), Edgaras Montvidas (Alfred), Simon Butteriss (Dr Blind), Andrew Shore (Frank), Jon Pohl (Frosch)

Madam Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini

Originally directed by Anthony Minghella, Revival Director Sarah Tipple

Conducted by Gianluca Marciano / Martin Fitzpatrick

Opens: 14 October 2013 (14 performances)

14, 16, 21, 23 Oct, 02, 08, 13, 15, 21, 29 Nov, 7.30pm

19 Oct, 23 Nov, 6.30pm

26 Oct, 01 Dec, 3.00pm

A co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, New York and the Lithuanian National Opera

Original production supported by Lord and Lady Laidlaw

Cast includes: Dina Kuznetsova/Mary Plazas (Cio-Cio San), Timothy Richards/Gwyn Hughes Jones (F.B. Pinkerton), George von Bergen (Sharpless), Pamela Helen Stephen (Suzuki), Alun Rhys-Jenkins (Goro), Mark Richardson (The Bonze), Alexander Robin Baker (Prince Yamadori), Catherine Young (Kate Pinkerton)

The Magic Flute

Wolfgang Mozart

Directed by Simon McBurney

Conducted by Gergely Madaras

Opens: 7 November 2013 (12 performances)

07, 12, 14, 22, 28 Nov, 03, 05 Dec, 7.30pm

09, 30 Nov, 6.30pm

07 Dec, 3.00pm

A co-production with De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam and International Festival of Lyric Art, Aix-en-Provence, and in collaboration with Complicite

Cast Includes: Ben Johnson (Tamino), Devon Guthrie (Pamina), Roland Wood (Papageno), Mary Bevan (Papagena), TBA (Queen of the Night), James Creswell (Sarastro), Brian Galliford (Monostatos), Eleanor Dennis (First Lady), Clare Presland (Second Lady), Rosie Aldridge (Third Lady), Anthony Gregory (First Priest/First Armed Man), Stephen Holloway (Second Priest/Second Armed Man)


Philip Glass

Directed by Phelim McDermott

Conducted by TBA

Opens: 20 November 2013 (6 performances)

20, 25, 26 Nov, 04, 06 Dec, 7.00pm

08 Dec, 3.00pm

A co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and in collaboration with Improbable

Original production supported by ENO’s Contemporary Opera Group

Cast Includes: Alan Oke (M. K. Gandhi), Janis Kelly (Mrs Naidoo)

Peter Grimes

Benjamin Britten

Directed by David Alden

Conducted by Edward Gardner

Opens: 29 January 2014 (8 performances)

29 Jan, 06, 14, 21, 27 Feb, 7.00pm

01, 08 Feb, 6.00pm

23 Feb, 3.00pm

A co-production with De Vlaamse Opera, Opera de Oviedo and Deutsche Oper Berlin

Original production supported by ENO’s English Opera Group

Cast Includes: Stuart Skelton (Peter Grimes), Elza van den Heever (Ellen Orford), Iain Paterson (Balstrode), Rebecca De Pont Davies (Auntie), Matthew Best (Swallow), Leigh Melrose (Ned Keene), Michael Colvin (Bob Boles), Felicity Palmer (Mrs Sedley), Rhian Lois (1st Niece), Mary Bevan (2nd Neice), Matthew Treviño (Hobson), Tim Robinson (Reverend Horace Adams)


Giuseppe Verdi

Directed by Christopher Alden

Conducted by Graeme Jenkins

Opens: 13 February 2014 (11 performances)

13, 20, 22, 25 Feb, 05, 07, 10, 12, 14 Mar, 7.30pm

15 Feb, 01 Mar, 6.30pm

A co-production with Canadian Opera Company

New production supported by a syndicate of individual donors

Cast Includes: Quinn Kelsey (Rigoletto), Barry Banks (Duke of Mantua), Anna Christy (Gilda), Peter Rose/Matthew Treviño (Sparafucile), Justina Gringyte (Maddalena), David Stout (Monterone), George Humphreys (Marullo), Anthony Gregory (Borsa), Barnaby Rea (Ceprano), Diana Montague (Giovanna)


George Frideric Handel

Directed by Richard Jones

Conducted by Christian Curnyn

Opens: 28 February 2014 (8 performances)

28 Feb, 04, 06, 11, 13 Mar, 7.00pm

02 Mar, 3.00pm

08, 15 Mar, 6.00pm

A co-production with the Bolshoi Opera, Russia

New production supported by Colwinston Charitable Trust and a syndicate of individual donors

Cast Includes: Rebecca Evans (Rodelinda), Iestyn Davies (Bertarido), John Mark Ainsley (Grimoaldo), Susan Bickley (Eduige), Christopher Ainslie (Unulfo), Richard Burkhard (Garibaldo)

Booking for these shows opens later this year…

Powder Her Face

Thomas Adès

Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins

Conducted by TBA

Opens: 2 April 2014 (9 site-specific performances at Ambika P3)

2, 4, 8, 10, 14, 16 Apr, 7.30pm

5, 12 and 19 Apr, 6.30pm


Julian Anderson

Librettist: Frank McGuinness

Directed by Pierre Audi

Conducted by Edward Gardner

Opens: 3 May 2014 (8 performances)

3, 8, 10, 15, 23, 31 May 7.30pm

17 May & 3 June, 6.30pm

A co-production with Bonn Oper

New production supported by The Boltini Trust, PRS for Music Foundation and ENO’s Contemporary Opera Group

Cast Includes: Roland Wood (Oedipus), Peter Hoare (Creon), Julia Sporsén (Antigone), Matthew Best (Tiresias), Susan Bickley (Jocasta), Christopher Ainslie (Messenger), Anthony Gregory (Haemon), Jonathan McGovern (Polynices)

Cosí Fan Tutte

Wolfgang Mozart

Directed by Katie Mitchell

Conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth

Opens: 16 May 2014 (12 performances)

16, 22, 24, 30 May & 2, 4, 6, 13, 19 June, 2, 4, 6 July 7.00pm

A co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Cast Includes: Kate Valentine (Fiordiligi), Christine Rice (Dorabella), Norman Reinhardt (Ferrando), Marcus Farnsworth (Guglielmo), Roderick Williams (Don Alfonso), Mary Bevan (Despina)

Benvenuto Cellini

Hector Berlioz

Directed by Terry Gilliam

Conducted by Edward Gardner

Opens: 5 June 2014 (8 performances)

5, 12, 14, 17, 20, 25, 27 June, 7.00pm

7 June, 6.00pm

A co-production with De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam

New production supported by the Peter Moores Foundation’s Swansong Project 2013–2015 and a syndicate of individual donors

Cast Includes: Michael Spyres (Benvenuto Cellini), Corinne Winters (Teresa), Pavlo Hunka (Balcucci), Nicky Spence (Francesco), Paula Murrihy (Ascanio), Willard White (Pope Clement VII), Richard Burkhard (Fieramosca)

The Pearl Fishers

Georges Bizet

Directed by Penny Woolcock

Conductor: TBA

Opens: 16 June 2014 (9 performances)

16, 18, 23, 26 June & 1, 3 July, 7.30pm

21 June, 6.30pm

28 June & 6 July, 3.00pm

Cast Includes: Sophie Bevan (Leila), John Tessier (Nadir), George von Bergen (Zurga)

River of Fundament

Composed by Jonathan Belper

Directed by Matthew Barney

Opens 29 June 2014 (3 viewings)

29 June 1pm & 6.30pm

30 June 7.00pm

River of Fundament is presented worldwide on behalf of the artist by Manchester International Festival

Sir Colin Davis 1927-2013

It is with great sadness that ENO acknowledges the death of Sir Colin Davis.  A former Music Director of ENO’s precursor, The Sadler’s Wells Opera, Sir Colin was a conductor who enhanced and strengthened the reputation of the company, both in terms of the musical standards he achieved and the repertoire he introduced.  During his time at Sadler’s Wells he introduced Weill’s Mahagonny and Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen to the repertoire and revived the then relatively unknown Mozart opera Idomeneo.  His wide range of influences is still reflected in ENO’s breadth of repertoire today.

ENO Music Director, Edward Gardner OBE said, “Sir Colin played an indelible part in the life of Sadler’s Wells.  He maintained a close link with the company through the transition into English National Opera, and many colleagues hold fond memories of a close working relationship with him.  Sir Colin brought Berlioz’s music to life in a way few others could, convincing the musical world of the dramatic depth and range of his music. We have Sir Colin to thank that Berlioz is heard as part of the repertoire of all the major opera houses.  As a young conductor at the Royal Academy of Music, he was an invaluable support, whose knowledge and enthusiasm was of great importance during the formative years of my career.”

Messages of condolence can be posted on the LSO’s website by clicking here: http://lso.co.uk/in-memory-of-sir-colin-davis

Congratulations to Edward Gardner

Edward Gardner, our highly acclaimed Music Director, is announced today as the new Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. He will start his three-year tenure on 8 October 2015, during which time the orchestra celebrates its 250th anniversary as one of the oldest symphony orchestras in Europe.  Gardner will be appointed Principal Guest Conductor from August 2013 (succeeding Juanjo Mena).  Andrew Litton, the Orchestra’s current Music Director, will be appointed Music Director Laureate. Edward Gardner will continue as ENO’s Music Director.

Edward Gardner has been a popular and inspiring guest conductor for the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra during the last few seasons, and he will build on Andrew Litton’s impressive work to establish the orchestra in the top echelon of European orchestras. Gardner, with his love of music from the Classical period and 20th century will add new dimensions to the Bergen Philharmonic’s repertoire.  He is also keen to learn Norwegian music, and has already conducted the Norwegian composer Ketil Hvoslef’s Piano Concerto with Leif Ove Andsnes and the orchestra.

Productions conducted by Gardner at ENO this season have included Julietta (September ‘12) and Don Giovanni (October ‘12). In May Gardner conducts a new production of Berg’s Wozzeck and in June he will reunite with Deborah Warner on her critically acclaimed ENO production of Britten’s Death in Venice in the composer’s centenary year.

Edward Gardner on Eugene Onegin

Edward Gardner explores Eugene Onegin with Edward Seckerson

ENO Talks: Edward Gardner and Edward Seckerson on Eugene Onegin by englishnationalopera

Find out more about the production here