This page needs JavaScript activated to work.

David Alden

Stage director

  • 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 Peter Grimes and the ‘Olivier Award’ for Janácek Jenůfa at English National Opera, 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.

Read more
  • Highlights this season include Alden's debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid with Handel Alcina, Rossini Maometto II at the Canadian Opera Company and a return to English National Opera to revive his award winning Janácek Jenůfa. In future seasons Alden will return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.


    Recent highlights include new productions of Verdi Otello and Tchaikovsky The Queen of Spades at English National Opera, Khovanschina for Vlaamse Opera, 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 Foscarini and I Lombardi alla prima crociata.


    Previous highlights also include Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for De Nederlandse Opera, La finta giardiniera at Theater an der Wien, Katja Kabanova at Teatro Nacionale de San Carlos, Lisbon, Luisa Miller at Opéra de Lyon, Pelléas et Mélisande at Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Chambrier L'étoile for Oper Frankfurt, Handel Deidamia for De Nederlandse Opera, Billy Budd for English National Opera, Maometto II in Santa Fe, Alcina for Opéra National de Bordeaux, and revival productions of Lucia di Lammermoor for Washington National Opera, Peter Grimes for Opera de Oviedo and Vlaamse Opera, La Callisto for 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 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 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 Adès 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 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.

    2015-16 season / 526 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

View more
Close
Loading performances...

Season highlights

New production of Verdi’s Otello at English National Opera and the Royal Swedish Opera
New Production of Khovanshchina Vlaamse Opera
Un Ballo in Maschera at the Metropolitan Opera, New York,
New production of Tchaikovsky The Queen of Spades for English National Opera

…a show bristling with fervour and the musico-dramatic intensity that once had people flocking to the Coliseum, and should do so again….David Alden’s staging is… compelling and cogent.

Times, September 2014

Singers adore working with him, not least because he knows every single note and word of the opera he is directing inside out, on the first day of rehearsal.

Daily Telegraph, March 2010

Alden's passionate, and musical, understanding of the work is beyond question... Unmissable.

Observer, May 2009

Intermusica represents David Alden worldwide

Julia Maynard
Director / Head of Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9902
jmaynard@intermusica.co.uk

Eleanor Dee
Associate Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9907
edee@intermusica.co.uk

If you have any queries, please fill in the form below, and we will be in touch soon

All artists

Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Special projects

Charles Hazlewood

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Stage director

David Alden

Andreas Homoki

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles