Exclusive: Wheel comes off English National Opera

ENO has just lost its vastly experienced Technical Director, Geoff Wheel.

Geoff, who left on Friday, acquired his skills as Head of Technical Departments at Royal Opera House before setting up opera houses in Muscat and Dubai. He joined ENO in 2021 and has kept the show running against very heavy odds and internal conflict.

Here’s CEO Stuart Murphy’s internal announcement:

Hi everyone,
I’m very sorry to say that Technical Director, Geoff Wheel, has decided to leave the ENO. Geoff has been absolutely brilliant in this role and will be sorely missed. He joined the ENO in lockdown, and immediately brought his infectious enthusiasm, massive energy and huge knowledge of the industry developed over the past 40 years from places including the Royal Opera House, Oman Opera and Dubai Opera, among many others. He is well loved in the industry and here, and has been a very highly regarded member of the Management Team and company.
Today is his last official day but with necessary handovers happening in the upcoming weeks. We hope to work with him again in the future, as his unrivalled knowledge, can-do attitude and ridiculously big contacts book are rare things.
We will announce the new structure next week. In the meantime, please join me in thanking him for everything he has done here.

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