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 productions include Lulu, William Tell, Pelléas et Mélisande, The Fall of the House of Usher, Figaro Gets a Divorce, In Parenthesis, Khovanschina and La forza del destino.
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, The Ring (Lyric Opera of
Chicago), Francesca da Rimini at La Scala Milan and a
programme of Weill and Schönberg for L’opera du Rhin in
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.