Eleanor Burke is a London-based creative working primarily in the field of opera and the Artistic Director of Green Opera, an environmentally-sustainable opera charity. She graduated with a First Class Degree from Trinity College, Cambridge where she was a choral scholar. Eleanor was awarded a Junior Artists Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama 2020/21. A trained ballet and contemporary dancer, Eleanor studied stage combat with BADC and aims to expand her work to include fight and intimacy choreography. She has assisted and worked with a range of companies including Opera Holland Park, English Touring Opera, Silent Opera, British Youth Opera, the Royal Academy of Music, and Grimebourne Festival.
For Green Opera, Eleanor wrote and devisied Fillu, a dramatization formed out of the songs of Schubert, Brahms, Wolf and Robert and Clara Schumann based around the lives of Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck’s daughter, Eugenie Schumann and her romantic and musical partner, the renowned soprano Marie Fillunger or ‘Fillu’.
The piece challenged the heteronormative narratives of the 19th-century and sought to explore altering the predominance of the male gaze in lieder. Recently for Green Opera, Eleanor coordinated and commissioned Isolated Incidents: a digital series of short contemporary operas, composed by a range of young composers. The project brings together a range of artistic mediums including contemporary dance, film, animation, and puppetry to tell a stories inspired by isolation.
Other work for Green Opera includes the world-premiere of Karolina Csathy’s Gesualdo, an interdisciplinary exploration of the Renaissance composer’s life; and a community zoom production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe, which formed the basis of primary schools' workshop ‘Green Opera goes into the woods’ for the Youth Climate Summit 2020.
Eleanor is taking her practice to other small companies. She devised ‘A Rose by Another Name’ for Marginalia Performance, new interdisciplinary performance collective, combining words from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with melodies from Bellini’s opera I Capuleti e i Montecchi to create a brand new production that fuses theatre and opera. She is currently working on the UK-premiere of Louise Bertin's Le Loup-Garou for Gothic Opera, devising the opera by piecing together fragments of the original score, combined with music from Bertin’s other work. Her latest devised work, 555: Verlaine en prison, an exploration of the poet’s tragic life and his interaction with art and music, will be performed at Centre Culturel de Colfontaine, Belgium in 2022.
As a soprano, Eleanor created the role of ‘Suburban Girl’ in Nico Muhly’s Two Boys for English National Opera and 'The Impresario' in Joanna Ward’s Hunger, Helios Collective, Edinburgh Fringe. She has sung the role of Flora in Britten’s, The Turn of the Screw for multiple companies across the world including: Teatro La Fenice, Theater an der Wien, Oper am Rhein, Opera Up Close, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan. She has appeared as a soloist with Trinity College Choir and the National and London Youth Choirs and as a dancer/actor in various productions for English National Opera including Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle and Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust.