English National Opera Orchestra
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English National Opera Orchestra

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English National Opera (ENO) is an opera company based in London, resident at the London Coliseum in St Martin's Lane. It is one of the two principal opera companies in London, along with The Royal Opera, Covent Garden. ENO's productions are sung in English.

The company's origins were in the late 19th century, when the philanthropist Emma Cons, later assisted by her niece Lilian Baylis, presented theatrical and operatic performances at the Old Vic, for the benefit of local people. Baylis subsequently built up both the opera and the theatre companies, and later added a ballet company; these evolved into ENO, the Royal National Theatre and The Royal Ballet, respectively.

Baylis acquired and rebuilt the Sadler's Wells theatre in north London, a larger house, better suited to opera than the Old Vic. The opera company grew there into a permanent ensemble in the 1930s. During the Second World War, the theatre was closed and the company toured British towns and cities. After the war, the company returned to its home, but it continued to expand and improve. By the 1960s, a larger theatre was needed. In 1968, the company moved to the London Coliseum and adopted its present name in 1974.

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Past BBC Events

BBC Singers 2016-17 Season: The Dream of Gerontius
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Southbank Centre, London
2017-07-02T22:32:46
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2
Jul
2017
BBC Singers 2016-17 Season: The Dream of Gerontius

BBC Singers 2016-17 Season: The Dream of Gerontius

Southbank Centre, London
BBC Singers 2016-17 Season: The Dream of Gerontius
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e5hbc8
Southbank Centre, London
2017-07-01T22:32:46
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1
Jul
2017
BBC Singers 2016-17 Season: The Dream of Gerontius

BBC Singers 2016-17 Season: The Dream of Gerontius

Southbank Centre, London
Proms 2012: Prom 55: Britten – Peter Grimes
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ex8zc8
Royal Albert Hall
2012-08-24T22:32:46
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24
Aug
2012
Proms 2012: Prom 55: Britten – Peter Grimes

Proms 2012: Prom 55: Britten – Peter Grimes

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2003: Prom 63
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e98rzc
Royal Albert Hall
2003-09-06T22:32:46
6
Sep
2003

Proms 2003: Prom 63

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1987: Prom 27
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Royal Albert Hall
1987-08-09T22:32:46
9
Aug
1987

Proms 1987: Prom 27

Royal Albert Hall

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