Sir 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 Artistic Director of WNO from 2011-2019. 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. Previously made a CBE, David Pountney was knighted for services to opera in 2019. He has also been decorated with civilian honours by Austria, Poland and France.
Recent engagements: Librettist A Feast in the Time of Plague (Grange Park Opera); Director Les vêpres siciliennes, The Cunning Little Vixen, War and Peace (WNO); and his new production of The Ring (Lyric Opera of Chicago), sadly abandoned due to Covid-19.