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17 April 2019

Daniel Kramer, English National Opera Artistic Director, Steps Down from Company After Three Years in Role

DANIEL KRAMER, the American artistic director of English National Opera, has announced his resignation from the company after three years in the role. 

Kramer's tenure at ENO will officially end in July 2019, according to a statement posted to the company's website, though he intends to continue his work at ENO as an artistic consultant through the end of 2019 in order to oversee upcoming performances of works comprising his planned Orpheus series — Gluck's Orpheus and Eurydice, Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, Harrison Birtwistle’s The Mask of Orpheus and Philip Glass's Orphée

Kramer is reportedly departing in order to focus on his career as a stage director, which will see him mounting productions of La Boheme and Nixon in China in Europe, and Britten's War Requiem in Taiwan. 

“I am proud to leave ENO after a season that has broken box office records, innovated and challenged, while delivering commercial success," Kramer is quoted as saying. "We have recruited thousands of new, diverse and young audience members, and over-achieved our year box office target, delivering on our promise to provide 'Opera for All' and reflect the diversity of our culture. I am particularly proud that the work we initiated outside the Coliseum has been such an equally resounding success with numerous four and five star reviews, awards and nominations.

Kramer is one of the highest-profile administrators to recently depart the company, which has been struggling to shore up both morale and its finances following a series of financial and leadership crises in 2015. In September 2017, ENO's then chief executive Cressida Pollock departed ENO after nearly two years at the helm, reportedly after tensions arose between Kramer and Pollock over the cost of new productions. Pollock's own appointment came one month after the July 2015 resignation of longtime ENO artistic director John Berry. Berry's departure, in turn, followed an exodus of top leadership in January 2015, including the departure of ENO's chairman, Martyn Rose—who resigned after less than two years in the role—and executive director, Henriette Götz. Following Martyn Rose's departure in early 2015, Arts Council England—which bestows the lion's share of ENO's government funding—curtailed its annual grants to the company by nearly £5 million and expressed significant concerns about the company's long-term financial health. 

The company's current CEO, Stuart Murphy, noted the company's recent artistic successes under Kramer's tenure: “His seasons have been marked by a huge mix, from the Olivier nominated Turn of the Screw at Regent’s Park and Paul Bunyan at Wilton’s Music Hall, the Olivier Award winning Porgy and Bess, to Salome, Iolanthe, and The Merry Widow, to the world premiere of Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel. Daniel’s War Requiem was a beautiful and stately reflection on the horrors of war, and deserves all of the accolades that it has received to date."  

"I have loved working with Daniel as Artistic Director from day one. His continual desire to push for distinctive creative is hugely admirable, and his energy, sense of humor and passion for bringing new stories to life and nurturing new talent has been completely contagious," Murphy said in a statement. “He leaves with the very best wishes from everyone at ENO.”

Bob Holland, ENO's associate artistic director, has reportedly been tapped to work with music director Martyn Brabbins and the rest of the company's artistic team to execute the artistic plans already in place for the company's 2019-20 season. spacer 

More information can be found at English National Opera.



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