Sir David Pountney
Sir David Pountney CBE (b. 1947)
Between 1975-1980, Sir David Pountney was Director of Productions for Scottish Opera. He became ENO’s Director of Productions in 1980, directing over 20 operas, and taking a leading part in making ENO a powerful engine of radical theatrical experiment. He became the Intendant of the Bregenz Festival in 2003 until 2014. From 2011-2019 he was Artistic Director of Welsh National Opera.
Suffering from ill health throughout his life, Tavener, in his final years, returned to his love of Tolstoy, Mozart, and Hindu metaphysical thought. He wrote Krishna in 2005, eight years before his death, aged 69. His Orthodox funeral service was held in Winchester Cathedral presided over by Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira.