Daniel Kramer has announced that he will be stepping down as English National Opera’s (ENO) artistic director in order to focus on freelance directing. He will continue as artistic consultant at ENO until July 2019 to oversee the Orpheus series of four operas that are set to be performed in October.
Stuart Murphy, CEO of ENO, said: “I have loved working with Daniel as artistic director from day one. His seasons have been marked by a huge mix from the Olivier nominated The Turn of The Screw, to the world premiere of Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel. He leaves with the very best wished from everyone at ENO.”
Kramer’s CV includes stints as associate artistic director at Gate Theatre and as creative associate at the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2008 he directed Harrison Birtwistle’s Punch & Judy, his first opera for ENO. Once he steps he will focus on his freelance opera and theatre work, including upcoming productions of La boheme, Nixon in China and War Requiem.
Commented Kramer: “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 our promise to provide, ‘Opera for All’.”
Associate artistic director Bob Holland will work with music director Martyn Brabbins on the rest of the 2019-20 season as well as plans for the 2021-22 season.