7 new shows next season at English National Opera

7 new shows next season at English National Opera


norman lebrecht

April 14, 2022

Here’s the list, just released:

Christof Loy’s production of Puccini’s Tosca makes its UK debut at the ENO, with Sinéad Campbell-Wallace in the title role, conducted by Leo Hussain.

Jo Davies directs ENO’s first production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard.

Jake Heggie’s opera of classic film It’s a Wonderful Life receives its UK premiere, conducted by Nicole Paiement, with Danielle de Niese making her ENO operatic debut.

Richard Jones’s Ring Cycle continues, with the first in Wagner’s epic saga, The Rhinegold, conducted by the ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins.

The ENO’s Artistic Director Annilese Miskimmon directs her second production for the company, Korngold’s The Dead City (Die tote Stadt), starring Allison Oakes and Rolf Romei in their company debuts.

Jeanine Tesori’s contemporary opera about police violence against African American communities, Blue, receives its UK premiere. Conducted by former ENO Mackerras Fellow Mathew Kofi Waldren, Tinuke Craig makes her operatic directorial debut.

A new production of Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs is staged, directed and designed by Isabella Bywater and conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya.

Revivals are Phelim McDermott’s acclaimed Akhnaten, conducted by Karen Kemensek and with Anthony Roth Costanzo returning to the eponymous role, and Calixto Bieito’s Carmen, conducted by Kerem Hasan. Ginger Costa-Jackson makes her ENO debut as titular Carmen, with Sean Panikkar reprising the role of Don Jose.




  • Gary Freer says:

    looks like King Priam wasn’t nearly woke enough

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    Martyn Brabbins is the dog’s and Allison Oakes will be fantastic. Can’t speak for the rest, but those two will carry the season on their own.

  • Allen says:

    The Times, 14th April: “For the new season, the company is looking to hire two disabled or deaf singers to the chorus”.

    Why not? They’ve been using blind set designers for years.

  • Joel Lazar says:

    I have the recollection that Charles Mackerras [as he was then] conducted “The Yeoman of the Guard” at the ENO in the early/mid 1970s. Is this correct?

  • Player says:

    Interesting that Brabbins has ensured he gets all performances of Rhinegold… after the embarrassment of Valkyrie when he tried to elbow aside Anthony Negus from his ONE show. (Which was the best performance of the run, natch…)

    Can we assume this means ENO has dispensed with Negus’s services altogether (coaching etc)? Or have they just re-grouped and tightened the thumbscrews?