Hello this is me: Born Oxford 1947. Brought up in a Mill House in the Vale of the White Horse. Choirboy at St. John's Cambridge. Trumpeter. Member of National Youth Orchestra. Radley College. Then back to Cambridge - reading History and English but mainly directing operas. My final calling card - The Seven Deadly Sins - got me a job at Scottish Opera, and a wonderful learning curve with its driving forces Peter Hemmings and Alexander Gibson. Then my dear friend Mark Elder asked me to join him at ENO, which turned into 10 thrilling years. We took a lot of brickbats then: now everyone talks about a "Golden Age". Went off to learn about the world as a free-lance, and then became Intendant of the Bregenz Festival in Austria, where my contract runs till 2013. In autumn 2011 I took over as artistic director of WNO. I've directed lots of operas, even written the words for some, in most places around the world: amazingly enough it still excites me!