English National Opera has lost a key member of its senior management team, producing director Terri-Jayne Griffin, who is leaving after 19 years with the company.
Her departure comes two months after the arrival of new chief executive Stuart Murphy, the former director of Sky Entertainment channels who took over the leadership of the opera company in April.
Griffin said she was leaving to pursue a career in musical theatre and not “because of artistic differences with anyone”.
“The reason I am leaving ENO is I love musicals and having worked on a number of them in the past three years, I now have the opportunity to do them on a permanent basis,” she said. Her future plans have not yet been announced.
Murphy described Griffin as a “fantastic producer and an amazing colleague”, and said: “Opera’s loss is musicals’ gain as she moves on to the next stage of her brilliant career.”
In her two decades at the London Coliseum, Griffin has overseen scores of productions and was described by director Deborah Warner as “the quiet power behind many a throne”.
On Twitter, Warner said: “Devastating news that Terri-Jayne Griffin is to leave ENO. She is one of the best arts administrators in the business. Her huge talents represent a grave loss at the Coliseum.”
ENO returned to Arts Council England’s national portfolio in April , but has undergone several turbulent years in which it has come under significant financial pressure , faced strike action from its staff  and made several changes to its senior management .