English National Opera has appointed Henriette Götz as its new executive director, replacing Loretta Tomasi who left the company as CEO at the end of 2013. In a change to the company’s management structure, artistic director John Berry will now lead the executive.
Götz will be assuming her new role in May 2014, after leaving her current post as executive director at the Antwerp-based Vlaamse Opera, where she has been since 2009.
In a statement released by ENO, Götz said: ‘I have a deep passion for the arts, and especially for opera, so I’m delighted by the opportunity to join an organisation as creative and courageous as ENO. Their vision for the future is very exciting.
‘I am very happy to work with John and I am looking forward to a productive future of great collaboration. I’m thrilled to be a part of this next chapter for ENO and I can’t wait to get started.’
Martyn Rose, chair of ENO’s board of trustees, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Henriette as our new executive director. She joins ENO at an exciting time, as the company celebrates an acclaimed spring season and will soon announce a number of transformational projects for the future.
‘Henriette’s financial acumen and deep knowledge of the international opera and classical music sector fully equip her to help shape and deliver our future strategy, which will create a sustainable future for ENO as one of the world’s most innovative opera houses.’
John Berry, artistic director of ENO, said: ‘Henriette is an excellent appointment to our executive team at ENO and I’m very much looking forward to working with her. She is an experienced and well respected opera administrator whose work with Vlaamse Opera, a regular co -producing partner of ours and one of Europe’s most exciting opera houses, will stand her in good stead for her work in London.’
A statement from ENO clarified the management structure which has emerged following Loretta Tomasi’s departure as chief executive officer: ‘Artistic director John Berry will lead the executive team and will continue to expand his commercial input beyond the successful financial and artistic co-production investment model he created six years ago, as well as continuing to lead on the company’s ambitious artistic programme.
‘Executive director Henriette Götz will be responsible for leading organisational operations including finance, theatre management, marketing, sales and fundraising functions. She will work closely with financial director Andrew Gambrell, who joins the executive team.
‘Music director Ed Gardner completes the team through to the end of the 2014/15 season when Mark Wigglesworth, newly-appointed Music director, assumes leadership of the company’s musical forces. Mark will also be working closely with John and his team on programme planning beyond August 2015.’