Language: In English
David Pountney (b. 1947) is a British theatre and opera director and librettist, internationally known for his production of rarely performed operas and new productions of classic works. He has directed over ten world premières, including three by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, for whom he wrote the librettos of T he Doctor of Myddafai , Mr Emmet Takes a Walk and Kommilitonon!
David was born in Oxford and played in the National Youth Orchestra, and was educated at St John’s College, Cambridge. His first major breakthrough came in 1972 with his production of Kát’a Kabanová for the Wexford Festival. From 1975-1980, he was Director of Productions for Scottish Opera, and, from 1982-1993, Director of Production at English National Opera, where he directed over twenty operas. He has also worked as a free-lance director at the Zurich Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, and in many other places in America, Japan and the United Kingdom. In 2011 he was appointed Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Welsh National Opera. He has produced many Russian operas over his long career and he will talk about those productions with Michael Bourdeaux.
The Revd. Canon Michael Bourdeaux spent a year in Moscow in the 1950s, as one of the first wave of British exchange students to visit the Soviet Union. It was during that time that he took up the cause of religious believers who were persecuted for their religious faith under the Soviet regime. He was a co-founder of the Keston Institute, which focussed on studying religious belief and religious practices under Communism in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and he has written authoritatively and extensively in this field. He is also a great lover of Russian music and a long-standing member of the Great Britain-Russia Society.
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