English National Opera’s entire season has won the company the 2012 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.
The London Coliseum-based company presented a diverse season that included new productions of Rameau’s mythical Castor And Pollux, Britten’s Shakespearean A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Weinberg’s Holocaust tale The Passenger alongside revivals of Wagner’s Parsifal, Donizetti’s The Elixir Of Love and Puccini’s Tosca. Its work also included a co-production with the Young Vic, staging The Return Of Ulysses at the Waterloo venue.
After accepting the award, John Berry, the Artistic Director of the English National Opera, said: "They were all incredible productions. Who knows if we’ll have another year like that again, but it was a great year."
ENO’s win comes at the expense of fellow nominees who helped its entire season to become award-winning. Amanda Holden was nominated for her translation of Castor And Pollux, while Richard Jones was nominated both for his direction of ENO’s The Tales Of Hoffmann and the Royal Opera’s Anna Nicola and Il Trittico. Last nominee Mark-Anthony Turnage received his nomination for the composition of the Royal Opera’s Anna Nicole and Twice Through The Heart, which was seen at Sadler’s Wells.