What next at ENO?main
1 They need to appoint an artistic director, fast.
One of the issues with Mark Wigglesworth was that his contract specified that he was working to an artistic director. In the absence of an AD, he had no boss, nobody understood his concerns and his voice was not heard.
2 The job of artistic director was advertised six weeks ago, with a nine-day application deadline. That suggests they had a particular person in mind. We here three people had second interviews. Expect an announcement soon.
3 The artistic director will propose a new music director. He or she will need to be drawn from recent Coliseum conductors who earned the respect of orchestra and chorus.
4 A short list might start with Ryan Wigglesworth (no relation), who is developing as a composer; the Akhnaten conductor Karen Kamensek, who has recent experience as general music director in Hanover but none of English conditions; and the capable Canadian Keri-Lynn Wilson, who has other attachments. To appoint a music director who has not worked at ENO before – and there are some promising British candidates – would risk turmoil.