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Freeman, David (opera)

Barry Millington

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Sydney, May 1, 1952). Australian director. After study at Sydney University (1971–4) he founded Opera Factory in Sydney in 1973, followed by Opera Factory Zürich with Brenton Langbein and Lesley Stephenson in 1976, and Opera Factory London in 1981. Developing rigorous methods of preparation and rehearsal, Opera Factory emphasizes the elements of manufacture and creativity in productions assembled under specific conditions. An impressive roster of innovatory stagings in London includes those of Cavalli’s Calisto, a conflation of Gluck’s two Iphigénie operas and the Mozart-Da Ponte trilogy. In conjunction with the London Sinfonietta, with whom the company was associated from 1984 to 1991, a number of 20th-century works have been given, notably the world premières of Nigel Osborne’s Hell’s Angels (for which Freeman also wrote the libretto) and Birtwistle’s Yan Tan Tethera, as well as Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy, Tippett’s The Knot Garden, Ligeti’s Aventures and ...

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Subjects: Opera

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