Annilese Miskimmon appointed as English National Opera’s Artistic Director

She joins from Den Norske Opera and Ballet/Norwegian National Opera &
Ballet where she has been Director of Opera since August 2017.

Prior to this, she was General Manager/Artistic Director of Den Jyske
Opera/Danish National Opera since 2012 and from 2004 to 2012 was the
Artistic Director of Opera Theatre Company Ireland. She is from Bangor,
Northern Ireland and studied English Literature at Christ’s College,
Cambridge and Arts Management at City University, London.She has worked
extensively as a director in many prestigious international opera houses.

Annilese Miskimmon said: “I am honoured and delighted to be joining ENO, a
company whose consistently ambitious and thrilling work I have loved for
all my opera-going life. 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 3 years
and an equal joy to now join ENO.”

Stuart Murphy, CEO, ENO said: “We are absolutely delighted to appoint
Annilese as ENO’s new Artistic Director.

“Annilese understands ENO’s significance as the artistically adventurous,
creatively daring national opera house for everyone. Her values of
excellence, kindness and impact chime absolutely with ours and she is as
committed to broadening out opera as we all are. Annilese has innate
artistic flair and a deep knowledge of opera, so her vivid vision for ENO
will be welcomed here with open arms.”

Harry Brunjes, Chair, ENO 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.”

Martyn Brabbins, Music Director, ENO said: “I look forward very much to
working alongside Annilese in planning future seasons at ENO. Her integrity
as a colleague and artistic tastes and experiences will be the ideal match
for today’s ENO.”

Annilese Miskimmon will remain as Oslo’s Director of Opera until the end of
the 19/20 season, officially starting with ENO on 1 September. She will
have input on ENO’s future seasons from 1 January without compromising her
existing commitments in Oslo which will remain her priority. She will move
full-time from Oslo to London for the 20/21 season.

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