David Pountney receives top Polish honour for his work in the arts

11 April 2013

PRESS RELEASE: 11 April 2013

Welsh National Opera’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director has been awarded one of Poland’s highest honours at a ceremony in Vienna.  David Pountney was presented with the Cavalier’s Cross of the Order of Merit for his contribution to the promotion of Polish culture. 

David has been involved in a number of works by Polish artists that have been presented at the Bregenz Festival in recent years, including Karol Szymanowski’s King Roger, Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s The Passenger and the forthcoming premiere of André Tchaikowsky’s The Merchant of Venice.

The Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland is bestowed on foreigners and Polish citizens permanently living abroad who have made outstanding contributions to international co-operation between the Republic of Poland and other nations.
David said: “I feel a deep gratitude and honour to receive this award.  I am delighted that the Bregenz Festival could contribute to the dissemination of the culture of Poland”.

David Pountney has already been made a Commander of the British Empire and a Chevalier in the French Ordre des Arts et Lettres.  David became Artistic Director at WNO in 2011 and has been the Intendant of the prestigious Bregenz Festival in Austria since 2003.

Photographs of David Pountney at the ceremony in Vienna are attached.  Please credit Bregenzer Festspiele/ Karl Forster.

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