Annilese Miskimmon has been appointed artistic director of English National Opera.
Miskimmon, currently director of opera at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, will take over from Daniel Kramer as the company’s artistic leader next year.
She will be the company’s third artistic director, after Kramer and John Berry, and will become the only female artistic leader of a major British opera company.
Miskimmon, who hailed from Bangor in Northern Ireland, said she was “honoured and delighted” to be joining the London-based ENO, and said: “I can’t wait to join the world-class artistic, music and technical teams at ENO.
“It has been a great privilege and pleasure to lead Norway’s national opera company over these past three years and an equal joy to now join ENO.”
Miskimmon will lead the company alongside chief executive Stuart Murphy and music director Martyn Brabbins.
She will remain as Oslo’s director of opera until the end of the 2019/20 season, joining ENO in September 2020. However, she will have input in planning ENO’s future seasons from January.
ENO chairman Harry Brunjes said: “It has been a diligent, long and thorough process to appoint a new artistic director with every member of the ENO board playing their part. We were really impressed by Annilese who brings with her significant experience of working as a director and developing an artistic programme. Her creative ideas and knowledge of the opera and arts landscape will be invaluable. We look forward to welcoming her to ENO.”
Prior to undertaking her role in Oslo in 2017, Miskimmon was general manager and artistic director of the Danish National Opera, and has also previously led Opera Theatre Company Ireland.
Kramer announced earlier this year that he would be stepping down after three years in post in order to focus on his freelance opera and theatre directing career.
He officially left in July, but is remaining an artistic associate until the end of 2019 to oversee ENO’s Orpheus series.