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Daniel Kramer appointed artistic director of English National Opera

Daniel Kramer. Photo: Bethany Clarke.
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Daniel Kramer has been announced as the new artistic director of English National Opera, which has described his appointment as a “turning point” for the company.

He replaces John Berry, who left the organisation last year, and has vowed to develop new audiences and work with emerging talent.

Kramer, who has been an associate at the Gate Theatre and the Young Vic in London, joins on August 1.

His relationship with the company goes back to 2008, when he was selected as part of ENO’s young director’s initiative. Through this, he directed Punch and Judy at the Young Vic, which went on to win the opera category at the South Bank Awards.

Kramer has directed plays including 2006’s Bent starring Alan Cumming, and Prick Up Your Ears at the Comedy Theatre, now Harold Pinter Theatre, in 2009.

He said: “The core of the ENO is its unique company spirit – its award-winning orchestra and chorus, and its incredible staff, stage and house crew. My intention is to champion this family and to inspire audiences night after night with a thrilling programme of musical diversity, attracting audiences from opera to operetta, through to popular music.”

He also vowed to work with emerging talent and to develop new audiences.

ENO chairman Harry Brunjes said the appointment marks a “turning point in the company’s history” as it moves towards a new approach to planning seasons and reaching new audiences.

Chief executive Cressida Pollock said she was looking forward to working with Kramer to “transform the organistion”.

His first season of work will be in 2018/19. The 2017/18 season will be programmed by the organisation’s senior artistic team, while the 2016/17 season will be announced next week.

Kramer’s appointment follows Mark Wigglesworth’s decision to leave as music director after less than a year in the post.

The company faced strike action this year, with chorus members threatening to walk out in a dispute over pay, which was later resolved by ENO and union Equity.

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