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Freeman, David

Freeman, David (b Sydney, NSW, 1952). Australian director. Founded Opera Factory in Sydney 1973, Opera Factory Zurich 1976, and Opera Factory London 1981. In London he prod. world première of Nigel Osborne's Hell's Angels (1986, lib. by Freeman) and Birtwistle's Yan Tan Tethera (1986). Also prod. Mozart's da Ponte operas, with Così fan tutte set on a bathing beach. Prods. for ENO incl. f. Brit. p. of Glass's Akhnaten (1985) and world première of Birtwistle's The Mask of Orpheus (1986). CG début 1992 (The Fiery Angel). Has worked with Opera North, and in Fr., Ger., and USA. Prods. are notable for emphasis on acting, black humour, and concentration on sexual nuances. Married to sop. Marie Angel.

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