ENO partners with Regent’s Park in 2017/18 season

Daniel Kramer. Photo: Tristram Kenton Daniel Kramer. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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  • Daniel Kramer directs first production as artistic director
  • ENO to collaborate with Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Gate Theatre
  • Four new productions and five revivals
  • New work by Nico Muhly and Iain Bell

A collaboration with Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the world premiere of a new opera by Nico Muhly lead English National Opera’s 2017/18 season, which was announced today.

The season will feature four new productions and five revivals.

Benjamin Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw will run at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, directed by the theatre’s artistic director Timothy Sheader.

It is part of a series of productions by ENO to be staged at venues across London. Other collaborations include a partnership with Grange Park Opera and an unspecified project at Notting Hill’s Gate Theatre.

ENO’s new artistic director, Daniel Kramer, will direct La Traviata at the London Coliseum. It will be the first opera he has directed since taking up his role in August 2016. Kramer is currently directing Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Also at the Coliseum, Michael Mayer will direct the world premiere of Muhly’s latest opera Marnie, which is based on Winston Graham’s psychological thriller novel.

The season opens with a new production of Aida directed by Phelim McDermott. McDermott returns to ENO following his Olivier award-winning production of Akhnaten. He will also direct a revival of another Philip Glass opera, Satyagraha, later in the season.

Cal McCrystal, known for choreographing the slapstick sequences in the National Theatre production of One Man, Two Guv’nors, will direct Iolanthe by WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.

Revivals include Jonathan Miller’s The Barber of Seville, Richard Jones’ Rodelinda, Robert Carsen’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Fiona Shaw’s The Marriage of Figaro.

According to ENO, more than 93% of cast and conductors in the season are British born, trained or resident.

There are nine fully-staged productions in this season, up from eight in the previous year, and the organisation has pledged that it will increase this to 10 by 2019/20.

Kramer said: “I would like to thank everyone across the company that has worked so hard to put together this fantastic season of opera, increasing our work from eight productions at the London Coliseum to nine.”

He will also direct two shows in the 2018/19 season alongside ENO’s new music director Martyn Brabbins as conductor. Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem will honour the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and Iain Bell’s opera Jack the Ripper will have its world premiere starring Lesley Garrett.

Brabbins was appointed by Kramer after the sudden departure of Mark Wigglesworth in October last year, who resigned after less than a year in the post claiming the organisation had “lost its way”.

Most of the season was already in place when Kramer arrived at ENO, and next year’s programme will be the first that he has programmed in its entirety.

ENO 2017/18 season at a glance

Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Directed by Phelim McDermott
Opens September 28 for 16 performances

The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini
Directed by Jonathan Miller
Opens October 5 for nine performances

Rodelinda by George Frideric Handel
Directed by Richard Jones
Opens October 26 for six performances

Marnie by Nico Muhly
Directed by Michael Mayer
Opens November 18 for five performances

Satyagraha by Philip Glass
Directed by Phelim McDermott
Opens February 1 for seven performances

Iolanthe by Gilbert and Sullivan
Directed by Cal McCrystal
Opens February 13 for 14 performances

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Benjamin Britten
Directed by Robert Carsen
Opens March 1 for six performances

La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Directed by Daniel Kramer
Opens March 16 for six performances

The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Directed by Fiona Shaw
Opens March 29 for six performances

The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten
Directed by Timothy Sheader
June 22 to 30