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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

David Sulkin to join National Opera Studio in new role

12:27, 11th August 2017

David Sulkin OBE is to join the National Opera Studio (NOS) in the new role of director of artist development.

He will work with chief executive Emily Gottlieb to create new programmes to develop emerging and mid-career talent, as well as building its existing reputation and training as the NOS approaches its 40th anniversary year.

Sulkin has a long-established record of working in opera and theatre as a director, facilitator, teacher and strategist. His career has focused on enabling young music practitioners to thrive, from founding English National Opera’s Baylis Programme to shaping programmes at the National Foundation for Youth Music, and leading Help Musicians UK for seven years as its executive director. In 2014, he was awarded the OBE in HM the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for his work in the arts, education and charity.

Emily Gottlieb said: ‘David’s broad professional knowledge and expertise, his infectious enthusiasm for and commitment to the future of opera – its artists and makers – makes him an ideal person to help deliver our vision: today’s talent prepared for tomorrow’s opera. I look forward to sharing details of our future plans more widely in due course, and warmly welcome David to the National Opera Studio.’

Sir Vernon Ellis, chair of the NOS, described Sulkin as ‘the ideal practitioner to work with Emily in taking forward our new vision and to help grow the NOS as a visionary and transformative place for opera training in the UK.’


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