English National Opera CEO to Leave

By Francisco Salazar

The English National Opera has announced that Stuart Murphy, current Chief Executive of the ENO and London Coliseum, will leave the company in September 2023.

Murphy’s five-year contract comes to an end in April 2023 but he will remain in his post until September to allow for a smooth transition.

The company said that it will start looking for Stuart’s successor shortly.

In a statement Dr. Harry Brunjes, Chair, the ENO and the London Coliseum said, “Stuart has been an outstanding CEO during exceptional times. He has shown true leadership through Covid and in developing an ambitious strategy, creatively and corporately, and a diverse, talented company to ensure the ENO is in robust shape for future challenges. “Stuart’s dynamism and energy meant that the company not only survived but thrived during the pandemic. His impact will be felt for years to come – whether through the young faces now enjoying the ENO’s opera for free at the London Coliseum, or the better representation that can be seen on stage, in the pit, backstage and front of house or through its efficient management. The expansion of ENO Breathe, our long covid social prescribing program, to over 80 NHS trusts and our imaginative plans for engagement projects and performances around the country , beyond London, are all testament to Stuart’s strategic drive and setting the company on a strong road ahead.”

He added, “The Board and I applaud the tireless contribution he has made to the ENO and we thank him for agreeing to continue in his role beyond the length of his contract to ensure the smooth transition to a new CEO and as we continue to work with the Arts Council on the latest funding round.”

For his part Murphy said, “It has been such a privilege to serve as the CEO of this incredible company. I always intended to leave at the end of my contract but the Board have asked that I stay on until September 23 to ensure a smooth transition to the next CEO which I am obviously more than happy to do.”