The National Opera Studio has announced that David Sulkin OBE will join the National Opera Studio as Director of Artist Development, a key new role for the organisation.

David joins the National Opera Studio in a new role which will support the Chief Executive in delivering the Studio’s inspiring vision in the approach to its 40th anniversary year. This role will embrace new programmes to develop emerging and mid-career talent, as well as build on the long-standing reputation and excellence of the Studio’s exceptional talent training.

David Sulkin has a long-established record of working in opera and theatre as a director, facilitator, teacher and strategist. His broad career has been rooted in enabling young music practitioners to thrive- from founding English National Opera’s Baylis Programme to shaping programmes at the National Foundation for Youth Music, and leading Help Musicians UK for seven years as its Executive Director. Announcing the appointment, Chief Executive Emily Gottlieb said: “I am delighted that David Sulkin will be joining the National Opera Studio at this exciting stage in our development as an organisation. I look forward to developing and celebrating the NOS together with him as we approach our 40th anniversary year. David’s broad professional knowledge and expertise, his infectious enthusiasm for and commitment to the future of opera- its artists and makers- makes him an ideal person to help deliver our vision: today’s talent prepared for tomorrow’s opera. I look forward to sharing details of our future plans more widely in due course, and warmly welcome David to the National Opera Studio.”

Sir Vernon Ellis, Chair of the NOS, said: “David is an immensely experienced theatre and opera practitioner who has dedicated his whole professional life to helping young people thrive in the world of music. Recognised in the Queen’s Honours List in 2014 for his work in the arts, education and charity, David is the ideal practitioner to work with Emily in taking forward our new vision and to help grow the NOS as a visionary and transformative place for opera training in the UK.”

David Pountney, Artistic Director of Welsh National Opera and Trustee of the NOS said: “As one of the founders of the Baylis Programme at ENO, David Sulkin has been at the heart of music education work for many decades, and he brings an exceptionally creative intelligence and passion to this new role which is so crucial to developing the creativity and technical discipline of the Studio’s wonderful young artists. I whole-heartedly welcome his appointment and look forward to collaborating with him.”

David Sulkin said: “The chance to help shape the future of the National Opera Studio is a wonderful opportunity and a great privilege. I aim to serve this unique organisation and all the artists it supports. I hope to put in place strategies to reach and support upcoming generations of young people, enabling them to fulfil their operatic potential.”


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