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It has just been announced that Stuart Murphy will leave the company in 2023, at the end of his five-year contract.
His tenure has been turbulent and seldom successful. The Coliseum is in dire financial straits, getting by on longterm bookings from commercial stage musicals.
The company’s survival is at stake again in the coming round of ACE cuts. Murphy, a former TV producer, was not popular with the funding body.
The English National Opera (ENO) today announces that Stuart Murphy, current Chief Executive of the ENO and London Coliseum, will leave the company in September 2023.
His five year contract comes to an end in April 2023, though he will remain in post until September to allow for a smooth transition to a new CEO. The recruitment process for Stuart’s successor will commence shortly.
Dr. Harry Brunjes, Chair, the ENO and the London Coliseum, said:
“Stuart has been an outstanding CEO during exceptional times. He has shown true leadership through Covid and in developing an ambitious strategy, creatively and corporately, and a diverse, talented company to ensure the ENO is in robust shape for future challenges.
“Stuart’s dynamism and energy meant that the company not only survived but thrived during the pandemic. His impact will be felt for years to come – whether through the young faces now enjoying the ENO’s opera for free at the London Coliseum, or the better representation that can be seen on stage, in the pit, backstage and front of house or through its efficient management. The expansion of ENO Breathe, our long covid social prescribing programme, to over 80 NHS trusts and our imaginative plans for engagement projects and performances around the country , beyond London, are all testament to Stuart’s strategic drive and setting the company on a strong road ahead.”
“The Board and I applaud the tireless contribution he has made to the ENO and we thank him for agreeing to continue in his role beyond the length of his contract to ensure the smooth transition to a new CEO and as we continue to work with the Arts Council on the latest funding round.”