Daniel Kramer to step down as English National Opera’s Artistic Director

He will continue to work with ENO until the end of 2019, as Artistic
Consultant, to oversee the Orpheus series of four operas.

Stuart Murphy, CEO, ENO said: “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 humour and passion
for bringing new stories to life and nurturing new talent has been
completely contagious.

“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.

“He leaves with the very best wishes from everyone at ENO.”

Harry Brunjes, Chair, ENO said: “Over the course of his three years in the
role, Daniel Kramer’s focus on creative artistic output is the underlying
reason why our most recent season was both thought provoking and
entertaining, as well as commercially successful.

“On behalf of the board I would like to personally thank him for all of his
hard work and dedication to ENO. We are so pleased that he will continue to
work with us on the Orpheus series and look forward to welcoming Daniel
back at the London Coliseum. We wish him the best of luck as he pursues
fantastic opportunities around the world.”

Martyn Brabbins, Music Director, ENO said: “Collaborating with Daniel has
been an enormously rewarding and fruitful experience. I wish him all the
good luck for the future and look forward to working with him again in the
autumn on Harrison Birtwistle’s The Mask of Orpheus – a project that we are
both passionate about.

“The season ahead has a huge breadth and depth of work, and I continue to
be excited for the next chapter for ENO.”

Daniel Kramer said: “I am proud to leave ENO after a season that has broken
box office records, innovated and challenged, while delivering commercial
success. 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 4 and 5
star reviews, awards and nominations.

“I am looking forward to continuing my relationship with ENO, overseeing
the Orpheus series I commissioned, as well as directing Birtwistle’s The
Mask of Orpheus. Stepping back will allow me to focus full-time on my
2019/20 freelance directing commitments of La boheme and Nixon in China in
Europe, and War Requiem in Taiwan. Never has an experience been more
fruitful, more demanding, nor more clarifying to my beliefs as an artist. I
thank everyone who crossed my path at ENO and wish Stuart, Martyn, the
Board and everyone at ENO the absolute best in this new chapter.”

In order to ensure a seamless transition for the rest of the 2019/20
season, and as ENO plan up to the 2021/22 season, Bob Holland in his role
as Associate Artistic Director will continue to work closely with Martyn as
well as with the rest of the artistic team to deliver plans beyond those
that ENO are committed to already.