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Melissa Bradshaw

Annilese Miskimmon appointed as ENO artistic director

10:43, 8th October 2019

English National Opera (ENO) has announced the appointment of Annilese Miskimmon as its new artistic director.

Currently director of Opera at Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Miskimmon will officially begin her role with ENO on 1 September 2020, remaining in Oslo until the end of the 2019/20 season. She will have input on ENO’s future seasons from 1 January 2020.

‘I am honoured and delighted to be joining ENO, a company whose consistently ambitious and thrilling work I have loved for all my opera-going life,’ Miskimmon comments. ‘I can’t wait to join the world-class artistic, music and technical teams at ENO. It has been a great privilege and pleasure to lead Norway’s national opera company over these past three years and an equal joy to now join ENO.’

Miskimmon’s previous experience includes working with Danish National Opera as general manager and artistic director from 2012 – 2017, and with Opera Theatre Company Ireland as artistic director from 2004 – 2012.

Stuart Murphy, ENO CEO says: ‘Annilese understands ENO’s significance as the artistically adventurous, creatively daring national opera house for everyone. Her values of excellence, kindness and impact chime absolutely with ours and she is as committed to broadening out opera as we all are.’

Harry Brunjes, ENO chair comments: ‘It has been a diligent, long and thorough process to appoint a new artistic director with every member of the ENO board playing their part. We were really impressed with Annilese who brings with her significant experience of working as a director and developing an artistic programme.’

Music director Martyn Brabbins adds that he looks forward to working alongside Miskimmon in planning ENO’s future seasons, commenting: ‘Her integrity as a colleague and artistic tastes and experiences will be the ideal match for today’s ENO.’


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