David Pountney

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David Pountney

David Pountney (born 10 September, 1947) is a British theatre and opera director and librettist internationally known for his productions of rarely performed operas and new productions of classic works. He has directed over ten world premieres, including three by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies for whom he wrote the librettos of The Doctor of Myddfai, Mr Emmet Takes a Walk and Kommilitonen![1]

Biography[edit]

Pountney was born in Oxford and educated at St John's College, Cambridge. His first major breakthrough came in 1972 with his production of Káťa Kabanová for the Wexford Festival.[1] From 1975 to 1980, he was the Director of Productions at Scottish Opera, and, from 1982 to 1993, Director of Productions at English National Opera, where he directed over twenty operas.[2] From 1993 to 2004, he worked as a free-lance director at the Zurich Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, and other houses in America, Japan, and the United Kingdom. He has also directed at De Nederlandse Opera and Opera Australia. In December 2003 he became the Intendant of the Bregenz Festival, a post he holds until 2014. In April of that year [WHEN?] he was named head of the Welsh National Opera with his appointment as chief executive and artistic director to begin in September 2011.[2]

He has worked as a librettist for Sir Peter Maxwell Davies on The Doctor of Myddfai, Mr Emmet Takes a Walk and Kommilitonen!, and has translated opera librettos into English from Russian, Czech, German, and Italian.[3]

Honors[edit]

Pountney is a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (a French civilian honor), and a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire).[4]

Selected productions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Baumgartner (July 22, 2009)
  2. ^ a b BBC News (April 1, 2011)
  3. ^ Clements (January 21, 2002); Christiansen (March 22, 2011); White (July 14, 1996)
  4. ^ Der Standard (March 11, 2004); St. John's College, Cambridge. Honorary Fellows

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