English National Opera 2015 Season

English National Opera 2015 Season


London Coliseum

The Mastersingers of Nuremberg




Feburary 15, 2015 – March 10 2015


From the opening bars of the ever-popular overture, Wagner’s The Mastersingers of Nuremberg is conceived on a truly epic scale, full of glorious melodies, stirring choruses and thrilling orchestration.

ENO’s major new production of Wagner’s comedy sees Richard Jones’s acclaimed staging come to London for the first time. Jones provides a characteristically witty and clear retelling of Wagner’s drama about the 16th-century guild of amateur poets and musicians (the Mastersingers), in which the tension between creativity and conformity is played out in a society obsessed with rules and regulations.

An exceptional cast has been assembled under ENO Music Director Edward Gardner. Leading Wagnerian bass-baritone Iain Paterson sings his first Sachs, while the brilliant singing-actor Andrew Shore makes his stage role debut as Beckmesser.

The Mastersingers of Nuremberg is sung and subtitled in English | Running time: 5hrs 40mins


The Cast


Hans Sachs Iain Paterson

Eva Rachel Nicholls

Beckmesser Andrew Shore

Pogner James Creswell

Walther von Stolzing Gwyn Hughes Jones

David Nicky Spence

Kothner David Stout

Magdalene Madeleine Shaw

Night Watchman Nicholas Crawley




Conductor Edward Gardner

Director Richard Jones

Set Designer Paul Steinberg

Costume Designer Buki Shiff

Lighting Designer Mimi Jordan Sherin

Choreographer Lucy Burge

Librettist Richard Wagner after various historical and literary sources

Translation Adapted from Frederic Jameson




Music OMH

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La Traviata



February 09, 2015 – March 13, 2015


La traviata tells the moving story of how the beautiful but fragile courtesan Violetta is coerced into sacrificing her one hope of personal happiness for the sake of her lover’s reputation.

A tragic and resonant tale of society and morality, Verdi’s masterpiece combines compelling characters with hugely powerful, moving and instantly recognisable melodies, making it one of the most emotionally engaging and popular operas of all time. Peter Konwitschny’s celebrated production of La Traviata returns to ENO, cutting to the very heart of the opera’s themes of passionate love and tragic death with a modern and uncluttered staging, and a running time of less than two hours.

Making her UK debut as Violetta is soprano Elizabeth Zharoff, who stars alongside ENO Harewood Artist Ben Johnson as Alfredo and acclaimed baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore as Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont.




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Violetta – Elizabeth Zharoff

Alfredo – Ben Johnson

Germont – Anthony Michaels-Moore

Flora – Clare Presland

Gaston – Paul Hopwood

Baron Douphol – Matthew Hargreaves

Marquis d’Obigny – Charles Johnston

Dr Grenvil – Martin Lamb

Annina – Valerie Reid




Conductor РRoland B̦er

Director – Peter Konwitschny

Designer – Johannes Leiacker

Lighting Designer – Joachim Klein

Librettist Francesco Maria Piave after Alexandre Dumas fils

Translator Martin Fitzpatrick

La traviata is sung and surtitled in English | Running time: 1hrs 50mins





The Indian Queen



February 15, 2015 – March 14, 2015



In this vibrant production, devised by acclaimed director Peter Sellars, the rich and transcendent score of Purcell’s final unfinished opera is reworked around a new text and the inclusion of a number of Purcell’s most ravishing religious anthems.

This new retelling of The Indian Queen recounts the initial confrontation between Europeans and the Mayans of the New World through a personal account from the female perspective, which Sellars has based on The Lost Chronicles of Terra Firma by Nicaraguan author Rosario Aguilar.

The production is a spectacle of music, theatre, dance, literature and visual art and features stunning set designs from LA-based graffiti artist, Gronk.

The musical team is led by baroque specialist Laurence Cummings, artistic director of major early music festivals in Britain and Germany. With an integral contribution from the ENO Chorus, the cast of The Indian Queen includes the exceptional young soprano Julia Bullock, for whom Sellars created the role, and leading British lyric soprano Lucy Crowe.


Coming Soon


Teculihuatzin/Doña Luisa Julia Bullock

Doña Isabel Lucy Crowe

Hunahpú Vince Yi

Ixbalanqué Anthony Roth Costanzo

Don Pedro de Alvado Noah Stewart

Don Pedrarias Dávila Thomas Walker

Sacerdote Maya Luthando Qave

Leonor Maritxell Carrero


Conductor Laurence Cummings

Director Peter Sellars

Set Designer Gronk

Costume Designer Dunya Ramicova

Lighting Designer James F. Ingalls

Choreographer Christopher Williams


Libretto: Songs and hymns by Purcell, with texts by Katherine Philips, George Herbert et al. Spoken texts by Rosario Aguilar from The Lost Chronicles of Terra Firma





Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

at English National Opera for just 13 Performances

with Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel



Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson and international star Bryn Terfel reprise their roles as Mrs Lovett and Sweeney Todd in this concert staging of Stephen Sondheim’s gloriously gruesome musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.



Sweeney Todd Bryn Terfel

Mrs Lovett Emma Thompson

Judge Turpin Philip Quast


Music and lyrics Stephen Sondheim

Book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond

Originally directed on Broadway by Harold Prince

Conductor David Charles Abell

Director Lonny Price

Associate Director Matt Cowart

Set Designer James Noone

Costume Designer Tracy Christensen

Lighting Designer Mark Henderson

London Coliseum

March 30, 2015 April 10, 2015 13 (Performances Only)

St Martin’s Lane

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Disabled Access to English National Opera London Coliseum


Access Scheme

ENO runs an access scheme which entitles people with a disability to purchase tickets at half-price (subject to availability) and to receive free mailings and priority booking. To join this scheme or for more information call 020 7845 9300, minicom: 020 7836 7666 or email: access@eno.org.

When you register for our access scheme you will be offered the option to receive the following:

  • A CD, Braille & large print version of the season brochure
  • Braille and large print versions of cast lists and synopses

For wheelchair users

The London Coliseum’s provision for wheelchair users includes:

  • Two wheelchair spaces in the stalls, two wheelchair spaces in the dress circle and four wheelchair space in the stalls boxes
  • Transfer seats for those who are able to transfer out of their wheelchairs, comprising four in the dress circle and six in the balcony
  • Adapted unisex toilets on four out of five levels of the London Coliseum: basement, stalls, dress circle and balcony
  • Two lifts – including one in the main foyer – which provide access to most levels of the auditorium and to all bars and restaurants

Wheelchair spaces and transfer seats can be booked by access scheme members by calling the box office on 020 7845 9300.

For people who are deaf or hard of hearing

  • We offer an enhanced sound system via headphones. To request this, please visit the information desk in the London Coliseum foyer.
  • ENO offers sign language-interpreted performances – see individual production pages for dates.
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