Дэвид Олден

Biography

One of the world’s most influential and prolific directors of opera, David Alden received the prestigious ‘South Bank Show Award’ for his production of Britten`s Peter Grimes and an Olivier Award for Janácek`s Jenůfa at English National Opera (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 Bavarian State Opera.

Recent highlights include Haendel`s Alcina at the Teatro Real, Rossini`s Maometto II for Canadian Opera Company and a return to English National Opera for a new productions of Verdi`s Otello and Tchaikovsky`s The Queen of Spades and a revival of his award winning Janácek`s Jenůfa, Verdi`s Un ballo in maschera at the Metropolitan Opera, New York and a series of Verdi operas at Hamburg State Opera: La battaglia di Legnano, I due Foscari and I Lombardi alla prima crociata.

During the 2006 Munich Opera Festival, the Bavarian State Opera celebrated their association with David by showcasing his productions of Ariodante, La Callisto, La forza del Destino, L'incoronazione di Poppea, Orlando, Rinaldo, Rodelinda and Tannhäuser. Other productions in Munich have included Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patriaThe Queen of Spades, 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, and American Music Theatre Festival (USA).

His productions of Thomas Adès`s Powder her Face for Aldeburgh Festival, Ariodante for ENO, and Rodelinda, Rinaldo and Tannhäuser for Bavarian State Opera are all available on film. Film and television credits include a version of Schubert Die Winterreise with Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake, Weill`s Die Siebe Todsünden, Welsh National Opera’s production of L’incoronazione di Poppea, and a documentary on Verdi for BBC Television.