Project information

ENO Harewood Artists

ENO Harewood Artists provides essential training for the next generation of opera talent. To meet the needs of singers today, the programme is bespoke to each member. We are seeking funding for three of the 11 participants in the 2014/15 season.

September 2014 - July 2015

Charity information: English National Opera

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  • Need


    A successful operatic career is a marathon, and often pressures, including financial restraints and lack of opportunities, means that the best up and coming talent do not have the chance to maximise their potential. Recently the needs of singers at the start of their careers have changed. They need more flexibility and individually-tailored support, with the opportunity to take on substantial roles, rather than being tied into a standard full-time programme with one company.


    ENO Harewood Artists is a bespoke scheme which offers training to singers with the potential to develop full-time international careers. The participants are given the opportunity to perform major roles, allowing them to make important debuts and learn from established artists within a supportive environment. Being part of a flexible programme also allows them the freedom to work with other companies, applying their ongoing ENO training and gaining a broader range of invaluable experience.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Offer specialist vocal, role and language coaching.


    » Masterclasses with highly experienced guest artists, directors, accompanists and movement specialists.
    » Workshops including: stagecraft, singing in English and performance psychology, which can help when working with big names and handling nerves.
    » Language training across the core operatic languages, so that the singers can use these skills in future roles away from ENO.

    By the end of the scheme, participants have been given access to ENO’s specialist staff and artists and have developed their vocal technique, and general role and language skills.

    Aim 2

    Offer performance opportunities to aid the individual’s development.


    » Performance opportunities as part of an ENO production, carefully cast to aid the individual's development.
    » A recital programme to showcase ENO Harewood Artists.
    » Casting of participants in ENO productions on a longer-term basis and increasing the pool of talent which can be drawn upon.

    By the end of the scheme, participants would have performed a recital and have performed or covered a role in ENO’s productions.

    Aim 3

    Offer a mentor and support scheme to prepare ENO Harewood Artists for their careers.


    » A carefully selected mentor backed up by guidance from the Casting Director and Artistic Director to offer support throughout the programme.
    » Meetings with casting directors, agents and financial advisors to unravel the challenges associated with managing a career in opera.
    » Ensure a constant and reliable base for mentoring, advice and career development.

    By the end of the scheme, participants should be well placed to perform with international opera houses.

  • Impact


    After graduating from the programme, we expect singers to be engaged by opera houses around the world alongside continuing their career at ENO. Current participants of the scheme are already being engaged with other companies, for example Mary Bevan and Rhian Lois at the Royal Opera House, Anthony Gregory at Glyndebourne and Nicky Spence at Welsh National Opera. Alumni appearing at ENO include Sarah Tynan, Sophie Bevan and Kate Valentine.


    A risk that could affect the project is not finding a sufficient number of individuals who are at the right stage in their development to be given a place on the scheme. There are eleven places available in total. To overcome this risk we ensure that the scheme is promoted as widely as possible and that the audition process offers the maximum opportunity to find the right calibre of singers for the scheme.


    Donors are invited to attend the ENO Harewood Artists Recital Series which takes place throughout the year. They will be informed of ENO Harewood Artists development via regular updates, and given opportunities to see them develop roles in ENO productions on stage during rehearsals.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £278,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £156,000 Performance Fees For roles in ENO productions
      £62,400 Training, coaching and student Includes: vocal coach retainer, singing lessons, performance psychology sessions, language coaching
      £42,000 Mentoring mentoring and staffing support
      £18,000 Administration Programme admin and contingency

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Individuals & Trusts £194,400 Conditional
  • Background


    The majority of the scheme will take place at ENO (The London Coliseum), on St Martin’s Lane, London. ENO is a full time producing company which has an international reputation for developing and performing compelling, highly theatrical and award-winning opera. The London Coliseum is the capital’s largest theatre (2,358 seats).


    Singers who are at the start of their opera careers, many of whom are currently studying at conservatoires on opera courses and have proven that they are ready to embark on a career in opera. We also hope that audiences and donors will take pleasure in seeing ENO Harewood Artists develop into the next generation of internationally renowned opera singers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    ENO is the largest employer of British artists in UK opera and we take seriously our responsibility to nurture emerging talent and develop Britain’s cultural future. Our commitment to young talent is enshrined in our formal professional development schemes and in our engagement of creative teams working in opera for the first time. ENO’s dedicated team consists of some of the most experienced individuals in the music industry who are best placed to offer the support required.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Edward Gardner

    ENO's Music Director since May 2007, offers valuable support and advice to the ENO Harewood Artists.

    John Berry

    Artistic Director since 2005 and is responsible for the artistic programme at ENO, and mentoring and guidance to the ENO Harewood Artists.

    John McMurray

    ENO's Head of Casting, he manages the scheme and ensures that all members are provided with constant and reliable support.

    Martin Fitzpatrick

    Head of Music at ENO, offers support to the ENO Harewood Artists throughout the course of the programme.

George von Bergen in The Pearl Fishers, June 2014

George von Bergen in The Pearl Fishers, June 2014

“It’s vital to have mentors and support at this stage in one’s career. The scheme is a safe and nurturing environment to develop as a singer.”

Kate Valentine