David Pountney

Director William Tell, Moses in Egypt

David Pountney became internationally known through his production of Katya Kabanova at the 1972 Wexford Festival. Between 1975 and 1980, he was Director of Productions for Scottish Opera. Productions there featured a Janáček cycle in collaboration with WNO. He produced the world premiere 
of David Blake’s Toussaint in 1977 (ENO) and went on to become ENO’s Director of Productions in 1980, directing over 20 operas. He has directed over ten world premieres, including three by Peter Maxwell Davies for which he also wrote the libretto, and has translated many operas into English from Russian, Czech, German and Italian. As a freelance director from 1992 he worked regularly in Zurich, at Vienna State Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper
as well as opera houses in America and Japan, and in the UK has a long-standing association with Opera North. He received a Janáček medal for his Janáček cycle in Wales and Scotland, and a Martinů medal for his productions of Julietta and Greek Passion (Opera North and Bregenz Festival). His productions have twice won an Olivier award. Recent engagements include Prince Igor, Die Frau ohne Schatten (Zurich); Il trittico (Lyon); König Roger,
 The Passenger (Bregenz Festival, where he was Intendant 2003 to 2013); Kommilitonen, his third opera written in collaboration with Peter Maxwell Davies (Royal Academy of Music; US premiere at the Juilliard School, New York); a new Philip Glass opera, Die Spüren der Verirrten for the opening of a new theatre in Linz; Die Zauberflöte (Lake stage, Bregenz). He was appointed Chief Executive and Artistic Director of WNO from 1 September 2011, where, since his appointment, he has directed a new production of Berg’s Lulu. David has been made a CBE and a Chevalier in the French Ordre des Arts et Lettres.