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David Alden


"A leading light ... Alden is no less a force in international opera today."
- Andrew Clark, The Financial Times

One of the world's most influential and prolific directors of opera, David Alden has recently received the prestigious ‘South Bank Show Award' for his production of Britten Peter Grimes and the ‘Olivier Award' for Janácek Jen?fa at ENO, a production which was shared with Houston Grand Opera and Washington National Opera.  He also received the ‘Bavarian Theatre Prize for Individual Artistic Achievement', marking a long time relationship with the Bayerische Staatsoper.

David's recent engagements include Handel's Radamisto at ENO, La finta giardiniera at Theater an der Wien, Katja Kabanova at Teatro Nacionale de Sao Carlos, Lisbon, Lucia di Lammermoor at Gothenburg Opera, Luisa Miller at Opera de Lyon, Pelléas et Melisande at Opera Theater of Saint Louis. Other highlights include Peter Grimes at Vlaamse Opera, La Calisto for his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Ercole Amante for Netherlands Opera, Ariodante for Oviedo Opera, Mayr Medea in Corinto for Theater St. Gallen, L'incoronazione di Poppea for Liceu in Barcelona, and the critically-acclaimed Lucia di Lammermoor and Katya Kabanova at ENO.

During the Munich Opera Festival 2006, the Bayerische Staatsoper celebrated their association with David by showcasing his productions of Ariodante, La Calisto, La Forza del Destino, L'incoronazione di Poppea, Orlando, Rinaldo, Rodelinda and Tannhäuser. Other productions in Munich have included Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, Pique Dame, Lulu, La Donna del Lago and Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Together with his brother Christopher Alden, he also directed semi-staged productions of the three Mozart/Da Ponte operas with Daniel Barenboim conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Sought after by the world's opera houses, David has directed operas with The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Komische Oper Berlin, Cologne Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Vienna Volksoper, Graz Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, New Israeli Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, and American Music Theatre Festival.

His productions of Thomas Ades Powder her Face for Aldeburgh Festival, Ariodante for ENO, and Rodelinda, Rinaldo and Tannhäuser for Bayerische Staatsoper are all available on film. Film and television credits include a version of Schubert Die Winterreise with Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake, Weill Die Siebe Todsünden, Welsh National Opera's production of L'Incoronazione di Poppea, and a documentary on Verdi for BBC Television. He also directed a world concert tour for the Pet Shop Boys.

New productions in 2011/12 season include Chabrier's L'Etoile for Oper Frankfurt, Handel's Deidamia for De Nederlandse Opera, Billy Budd for English National Opera, Maometta in Santa Fe and Alcina for Opéra National de Bordeaux. He will also direct revival productions of Lucia di Lammermoor for Washington National Opera, and Peter Grimes for Opera de Oviedo. In future seasons, David's productions will also appear at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera and the Canadian Opera Company.

October 2011
David Alden