British-American Daniel Kramer has been confirmed as the new Artistic Director of English National Opera.
Kramer, who takes up the post from 1 August 2016, vowed to champion the “ENO family”, inspire audiences with a thrilling programme of musical diversity, develop new audiences and work with emerging talent. Audiences may have to wait a while, as due to the nature of programming his first season of work will be in 2018/19.
Kramer has been an Associate at the Gate Theatre, the Young Vic and Creative Associate at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is known for directing Alan Cumming in 2006’s Bent, Prick Up Your Ears at the Comedy Theatre, Punch and Judy at the Young Vic and Bartok’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle at the London Coliseum. Kramer is currently directing Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde and the ENO.
ENO chairman Harry Brunjes said the appointment marks a “turning point in the company’s history” as it moves towards a new approach to planning seasons and reaching new audiences.
Chief executive Cressida Pollock said she was looking forward to working with Kramer to “transform the organistion”.
Kramer joins at a time of significant turmoil within ENO. Recent controversies include unprecedented Arts Council funding cuts, the shock resignation of music director Mark Wigglesworth, the narrowly avoided industrial action by the ENO chorus over pay disputes and the appointment of Chief Executive Cressida Pollock, a management consultant with a passion for the arts but no experience running a major arts organisation.