Loretta Tomasi, chief executive of English National Opera, has announced that she will step down from the position at the end of 2013. She will have been with ENO for ten years.
Tomasi said of the move: ‘This has been an immensely difficult decision to make but after ten fantastic years ‒ seven as chief executive ‒ it is the right time for me to choose a new path.’
An ENO statement reads that ‘Further details of departure date and succession will be announced in due course.’
‘Loretta has been with ENO for ten years and that’s one of those junctures when a lot of people consider their futures,’ an ENO spokesman told CM. ‘She’s made this decision for personal reasons which, because they are personal, we are not talking about, but it isn’t to do with the company. She’s made a personal decision to move on which we and the board understand.
‘The board now have to consider what they think is the best way to go about finding the best leader for the company. The important thing is that they find the right person.’
In January 2013, ENO filed accounts for 2011/12 which revealed it had halved its money reserves in order to pay for a £2.2m deficit. On 1 May, entrepreneur Martyn Rose took over as ENO chairman to replace the Arts Council-bound Sir Peter Bazalgette.
The company insists that its finances are heading in the right direction, with a much reduced deficit expected for 2012/13 (accounts are currently under audit before publication) and an expectation that the deficit will be wiped out entirely from 2013/14. Nevertheless, it is more reliant on public money than the neighbouring Royal Opera House, and the financial success of future projects is paramount as the company works with significantly reduced cash reserves. As Arts Council England prepares to open a new funding round, the level of central funding remains crucial to ENO’s future.
The company hopes to have a successor in place before Tomasi’s departure, but states it is placing a priority on finding the right candidate. A spokesman confirmed that, after some controversy surrounding Tomasi’s own appointment, the process to find her successor ‘will be an open recruitment process’.
Press release below.
Loretta Tomasi to step down as Chief Executive of English National Opera at the end of 2013
Loretta Tomasi has today, Thursday 18 July 2013, announced that she will step down from her position of Chief Executive of English National Opera (ENO) at the end of 2013, after ten years with the company.
Martyn Rose, Chair of ENO’s Board of Trustees said:
“Loretta’s contribution to ENO over the last decade has been immense. She has steered the company through challenging times and enabled it to build a national and international reputation for excellent, highly dramatic opera that makes ENO unique.
“The Board understands Loretta’s decision to move on, and wishes her the very best of luck in all her future endeavours, but she will be greatly missed.
“As Loretta continues to lead the company through the autumn and winter, we will consider how best to ensure that ENO has the leadership it needs to build on her impressive work and take the company forward into an ambitious and sustainable future.”
Loretta Tomasi said:
“It has been a privilege to lead this amazing and extraordinary company, full of talented, dedicated people who all work so hard to produce the finest work. I am proud of what we have achieved together and I am confident that ENO’s future holds many more artistic triumphs.
“This has been an immensely difficult decision to make but after ten fantastic years – seven as Chief Executive – it is the right time for me to choose a new path. I look forward to remaining involved with ENO in the future, as an audience member and supporter.”
Further details of departure date and succession will be announced in due course.