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Louise Jeffreys named deputy chair of English National Opera

Louise Jeffreys. Photo: Alistair Ramsay
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The Barbican’s outgoing artistic director Louise Jeffreys has been appointed deputy chair of English National Opera.

She replaces Nicholas Allan in the role.

Jeffreys has previously been technical director at ENO. Alongside the role of deputy chair, she will become chair of the organisation’s artistic committee.

ENO chair Harry Brunjes said: “On behalf of all at ENO, I was delighted when Louise Jeffreys accepted the role as deputy chair of English National Opera and the London Coliseum. Louise is respected and admired throughout the artistic community. The ENO will be enhanced by her knowledge, commitment and general common sense.”

He added: “There is a certain resonance to this as Louise has spent a substantial part of her career at ENO. Louise is a wonderful colleague to work with and we are lucky to have her.”

Jeffreys said she was “excited to continue to play a role in this exciting and forward-thinking organisation”.

She announced last month that she would be stepping down as artistic director of the Barbican at the end of 2019, after two decades at the London arts venue.

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