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Mark Wigglesworth to join ENO as music director

Mark Wigglesworth. Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke
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Mark Wigglesworth is to succeed Edward Gardner as music director of English National Opera from September 2015.

The move follows Gardner’s departure from the London Colisseum after more than seven years at the end of the 2014/15 season to take up the position of chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

Wigglesworth has previously conducted a number of productions for ENO, most recently Parsifal in 2011, and will bring with him substantial experience in British, European and American concert halls and opera houses.

Paying tribute to Gardner and welcoming Wigglesworth, ENO’s artistic director John Berry said: “Ed has been a phenomenal music director, rightly winning plaudits across the board for the outstanding performances of our orchestra and chorus under his leadership. It’s tremendous that I am also able to announce Ed’s successor today. Mark is one of the most outstanding conductors of his generation and I’m thrilled to be working with him.

“His appointment highlights ENO’s current standing in the international opera world and our ability to attract the very best talent from across the arts and the wider creative industries. His brilliant technique and natural flair for the theatre make him a natural choice to lead the Company. I know Mark will make his presence felt and will support our mission to make ENO one of the most theatrically dynamic and musically exciting opera houses in the world.”

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