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Performer: David Pountney

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MilanManon LescautNew Production

Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Riccardo Chailly; David Pountney; Teatro alla Scala; Leslie Travers; Marie-Jeanne Lecca; Maria José Siri; Marcelo Álvarez

CardiffWar and PeaceNew production

Prokofiev: War and Peace
Tomáš Hanus; David Pountney; Welsh National Opera; Robert Innes Hopkins; Marie-Jeanne Lecca; Jonathan McGovern; Lauren Michelle

OxfordWar and PeaceNew production

Prokofiev: War and Peace
Tomáš Hanus; David Pountney; Welsh National Opera; Robert Innes Hopkins; Marie-Jeanne Lecca; Jonathan McGovern; Lauren Michelle

LlandudnoWar and PeaceNew production

Prokofiev: War and Peace
Tomáš Hanus; David Pountney; Welsh National Opera; Robert Innes Hopkins; Marie-Jeanne Lecca; Jonathan McGovern; Lauren Michelle

ChicagoSiegfried

Wagner: Siegfried
Sir Andrew Davis; David Pountney; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Johan Engels; Marie-Jeanne Lecca; Burkhard Fritz; Matthias Klink
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Francesca da Rimini returns to La Scala

Maria José Siri (Francesca) and Marcelo Puente (Paolo) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The use in the score of ancient musical instruments is what differentiates this work: pifferi, a lute, a “viola pomposa” give this work a distinctive flavour.
****1
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From darkness to light: Mosè in Egitto in Naples

Carmela Remigio (Elcia) and Enea Scala (Osiride) © F. Squeglia
David Pountney’s 2014 staging was revived in Naples with good singing and empathetic conducting.
****1
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Luminous performances lift heavy-metal Pelléas

Jurgita Adamonytė (Mélisande) and Jacques Imbrailo (Pelléas) © Clive Barda
Stellar voices and orcheatra and some inspired staging choices elevate an otherwise heavy-handed production of Pelléas et Mélisande from the WNO at the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
****1
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Wheel of Fortune: Preziosilla spins Pountney's Force of Destiny

Justina Gringyte (Preziosilla) © Richard Hubert Smith
When the entire plot is triggered by a freak accident, you can't blame director David Pountney for making Fate itself one of the key characters.  
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Pountney's riveting Walküre in Chicago

Christine Goerke (Brünnhilde) © Cory Weaver
David Pountney's new production of Die Walküre for the Lyric Opera of Chicago incisively charts the tectonic shift of control over the future from Wotan to Brünnhilde.
****1
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