David Pountney was born in Oxford and studied at St John’s College, Cambridge. In a career spanning over 45 years he has been Director of Productions at Scottish Opera and English National Opera, Intendant of the Bregenzer Festspiele and, since 2011, Artistic Director of WNO. David’s pioneering productions have won him Janáček and Martinů medals and Olivier Awards, while his original librettos have been set to music by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Elena Langer. He has also translated librettos into English from Russian, Czech, German and Italian. David Pountney is a CBE and has been decorated with civilian honours by Austria, Poland and France.
Recent engagements: Director La forza del destino, From the House of the Dead, Khovanshchina (WNO); Die Walküre, Das Rheingold (Lyric Opera of Chicago)
Forthcoming engagements Director Francesca da Rimini (Teatro alla Scala); Die sieben Todsünden, Pierrot Lunaire, Mahagonny Songspiel (Opéra National du Rhin)