David Edwards

David Edwards is a freelance director, writer and presenter. He was born in London and graduated
in Classics from Cambridge University. David has directed opera around the world:
in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Portland, Houston, Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia,
Washington, London (where he staged ten revivals for The Royal Opera), Milan, Vienna, Singapore and regularly in Tokyo at the New National Theatre where he taught on the Young Artists’ program for over a decade. In 2017 he curated a weekend of events entitled CULTURE AND THE THIRD REICH featuring renowned academics and performers at University College, London. David directed HANSEL AND GRETEL for the Celebrate Voice Festival in the Medieval Hall, Salisbury and lectured on VISUAL DESIGN IN CONTEMPORARY OPERA at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. He will return to NAFA in 2018 as Artistic Director of a project celebrating the Academy’s 80th anniversary with a contemporary staging of DIE FLEDERMAUS. In 2018 David also directs a new production of FALSTAFF in Denver for Opera Colorado. In 2016 he directed PÉLLEAS ET MÉLISANDE with the LA Philharmonic and FAITH – Stravinsky’s late religious music with the Philharmonia, both conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Mendelssohn/Shakespeare) in Middle Temple Hall, CARMEN for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and TOSCA at Chiswick House, London. Recent projects have included IL PRIGIONIERO (Dallapiccola), DIE WALKÜRE (Act 3), PÉLLEAS ET MÉLISANDE and BORIS GODUNOV (scenes) with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the RFH, London; FIDELIO, RIGOLETTO and THE MERRY WIDOW in Singapore, TOSCA, LA TRAVIATA and LES CONTES d’HOFFMANN for Diva Opera touring the U.K. and Europe, CURLEW RIVER in Japan, DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE and Roussel’s PADMAVATI in Bordeaux, DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Britten) in Portland, LA RONDINE with Oberlin in Italy, DAS RHEINGOLD and DIE WALKÜRE for Secret Opera and Edward Lambert’s THE CATFISH CONUNDRUM and OPERA WITH A TITLE for the Tete-a-Tete Festival of new opera in London. David was Artistic Director of INSIDE THE RING, a series of special events that ran concurrently with Longborough Festival Opera’s RING cycle, in summer 2013 and at Aldeburgh in 2014 he curated a weekend of events entitled APRES LE DÉLUGE on the theme of early 20 century music and art. His original scripts have been performed in London, Aldeburgh, Eastbourne and Presteigne (Wagner & Berlioz, Verdi in Venice, Wagner, Britten & the Sea, From Bayreuth to Busseto, Verdi’s Singers on Record, Verdi’s Trills, Wagner in Exile, Nolan and the Stage, Wagner’s Elements, Breaking The Ring, An Operatic Bestiary, Wagner and the Dream King, Bayreuth or Bust, Gluck at 300, Time Becomes Space – Act 3 of Parsifal, Gustav Mahler and opera staging). David has been Production Director for Mastersingers since 2004.