David Pountney | Welsh National Opera

David Pountney

WNO Artistic Director

Director Khovanshchina, From the House of the Dead, La forza del destino

Previously for Welsh National Opera:

Director and Librettist Figaro Gets a DivorceThe Doctor of Myddfai
 In ParenthesisPelléas and MélisandeMoses in EgyptWilliam TellUsher HouseThe Fall of the House of UsherLuluChorus!Simon BoccanegraThe Cunning Little Vixen

Recent engagements: Usher House (San Francisco Opera); William Tell (Grand Théâtre de Genève); Saul and David (RDO); The Haunted Manor (Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa); Elysium (Den Norske Opera).

He was Director of Productions at Scottish Opera from 1975 to 1980, during which time he directed a Janáček Cycle with WNO. He held the same post at ENO from 1980 to 1992, was Intendant of the Bregenz Festival 2004 – 2014, and has been Artistic Director of WNO since 2011. He has directed at all the world’s leading opera houses, and has received Janáček and Martinů medals, and two Olivier awards. He is a CBE, and a Chevalier in the French Ordre des Arts et Lettres, and was awarded the Ehrenkreuz des Bundes Osterreich and the Cavalier’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. As well as directing many world premières, he has written several librettos and translated operas from different languages.