Breaking: Crisis at ENO as chief exec follows chairman out of the door

The resignation has been announced of Henriette Götz, brought in last April from Belgium to stabilise the faltering finances of English National Opera. Internal sources speak of a complete breakdown in her relations with her boss, John Berry, the artistic director who hired her. Last week, the chairman Martyn Rose quit, privately blaming Berry for the company’s difficulties.

A statement from ENO said: ‘Henriette Götz has informed the board of ENO that she has decided to step down from her post as Executive Director.’

She will be replaced as a interim measure by the former Glyndebourne chief Anthony Whitworth-Jones.


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press release:

ENO Management Change

Henriette Götz has informed the board of ENO that she has decided to step down from her post as Executive Director and will be leaving the company on the 28 February 2015.

Speaking on behalf of the board, Dr Harry Brünjes commented: “The Board and Henriette’s colleagues are grateful to her for the hard work that she has shown in her time with the company.  She has a great deal of passion and commitment and much to offer to the Opera world.”

Henriette Götz and English National Opera have agreed that they shall not be making any further comment in respect of this matter.

Anthony Whitworth-Jones, currently a non-executive trustee of ENO, will become Acting Director of the company while the board carries out a search for a new full time director.

Commenting on the appointment of Mr Whitworth-Jones, Dr Brünjes said: “We are very fortunate to have Anthony step in to help lead the company.  His excellent reputation and experience having led the teams at Glyndebourne, Garsington and Dallas opera companies is well known and we welcome this opportunity to have him work with John Berry and the rest of the ENO team.”

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  • Why depressed ? Anthony Whitworth Jones did an extremely good job seeing Glyndebourne thru the transition from the old house to the new. He revitalised Garsington and has clearly gained in a short time the confidence of the ENO board. His long association with UK opera is certainly a good thing.

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