Kramer to lead ENO

Daniel Kramer, the American-born multi-disciplinary performance director, is the new artistic director of English National Opera.


Kramer, 39, replaces John Berry who left last summer, and pone of his first tasks will be to replace music director Mark Wigglesworth who resigned last month, unhappy with cuts to the programming and to the chorus, imposed to help deal with 30% cut in the Arts Council’s grant and removal from the ACE list of national portfolio organisations. But the first full season Kramer will be responsible will be in 2018-19.

The appointment comes at the end of long search for what chief executive Cressida Pollock described to AI as “an artistic leader” and “a visionary to give us shape”. ENO chair Harry Brunjes said the appointment “marks a turning point in the company’s history as we move towards a new approach to planning seasons and reaching out to new audiences in London and indeed throughout the country. 

“We went through an extremely thorough appointment process and Daniel was unanimously chosen as the exceptional individual from a very strong field of candidates. I am delighted that he has joined us at a time of great change for the company.”

Kramer has directed theatre, opera and dance whose Tristan and Isolde, with designs by Anish Kapoor, is to be staged at The Coliseum in June, and has been associate director at The Gate and creative associate at the RSA. He won a South Bank Show award for his season with ENO and the Young Vic in 2008.

“The core of English National Opera is its unique company spirit – its award-winning orchestra and chorus and its incredible staff, stage and house crew” Kramer said today. “My intention is to champion this family and to inspire audiences night after night with a thrilling programme of musical diversity, attracting audiences from opera to operetta through to popular music. 

“We will work, too, with the wider community outside the Coliseum, to develop emerging talent and new audiences. We are here to play and sing for you.”


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