David Pountney was Director of Productions at Scottish Opera, 1975 – 1980, and at ENO, 1980 – 1993, and Intendant of the Bregenz Festival 2003 – 2014. He has been Artistic Director of WNO since 2011, where his recent productions include Lulu, William Tell, Moses in Egypt, Pelléas et Mélisande, The Fall of the House of Usher, Figaro Gets a Divorce, In Parenthesis (including performances at the Royal Opera House) and La Voix Humaine.
He has directed many world premieres, including three operas by Philip Glass, written librettos for Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and others, and translated many operas into English from Russian, Czech, German and Italian. He continues to work as a director for many leading international opera houses, with recent productions including Strasny Dwor in Warsaw, Das Rheingold (Lyric Opera of Chicago) and Charodeika (The Enchantress) in Naples.
He was made a CBE, a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres and Cavalier’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.