English National Opera Names New Chief Executive

By Francisco Salazar

The Board of English National Opera has announced the appointment of Jenny Mollica as Chief Executive of ENO and the London Coliseum.

Mollica will take up the post with immediate effect.

In a statement, Dr Harry Brünjes, Chairman of ENO, said, “We are delighted that Jenny Mollica will lead the company at this vital time of development and change. Having conducted an extensive global search over the last few months, which attracted strong interest and experienced candidates, this appointment is the Board’s unanimous decision. Her ideas and commitment to future plans are compelling. We are delighted she has accepted this role.”

Mollica added, “I am immensely proud to be entrusted with leading ENO towards its new future, serving the communities of London and Greater Manchester, and continuing our work on a national and international scale. Now, more than ever, ENO has a vital and unique role to play in the future of this extraordinary art form, and it is thrilling to be at the helm as we look ahead to this next act in the company’s life. I look forward to continuing to work with Annilese, the ENO Board and our exceptionally talented and dedicated company to shape and define this period of creative renewal for ENO, opening up new possibilities for opera in people’s lives in London, Greater Manchester and beyond.”

Mollica joined ENO in 2020 from the Barbican and Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She has served as Director of Strategy and Engagement at ENO and has been responsible for leading organizational strategy, policy, and partnerships, and also for the company’s learning and participation program, ENO Engage. She has also worked with the ENO’s Governing Board and Executive on the organization’s strategic management, business planning, and governance, including developing ENO’s new partnerships and plans with Greater Manchester.