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Anthony Freud

General Director, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Bio

Anthony Freud

Anthony Freud became general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago in October 2011. In addition to directing the company's artistic and business operations, he has lead an in-depth strategic planning process with the Board of Directors, conceived of and launched the Lyric Unlimited initiative, and is forging important new relationships with a variety of other cultural organizations. Freud is the fourth general director in Lyric's 60-year history. Carol Fox, the company's founding general director (1954-80), was succeeded by Ardis Krainik (1981-97), who in turn was succeeded by William Mason (1997-2011).

A native of England, Freud is recognized internationally for his achievements as general director of both Houston Grand Opera (2006-11) and Welsh National Opera (1994-2005). In both positions he was hailed for spearheading important artistic initiatives, impressive increases in attendance and fundraising, and visionary community-engagement programs to reach diverse new audiences.

Former chairman of both OPERA America and Opera Europa, Freud is the only person ever to have served as chairman of both organizations. He chaired the jury for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition (1995-2005) and was also a board member of the National Opera Studio in London (1994-2005). He has served on the juries of numerous international singing competitions. Freud was an executive producer for Philips Classics (1992-94), where he managed recording projects for some of the world's leading classical artists. He was director of opera planning for Welsh National Opera (1988-92), and was previously company secretary (1984-88). Freud began his professional life at London's famous Sadler's Wells Theatre (1980-84), where his duties included those of theater manager and company manager.

Freud has been made an honorary fellow of Cardiff University (2004) an honorary fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (2005), and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), in recognition of his services to music, by Queen Elizabeth II in her 80th Birthday Honors (2006). From 2004-05 Freud was the trustee representing both Wales and the performing arts for the U.K.'s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), a $500 million national endowment promoting talent and creativity.

Freud was born and raised in London. His parents, both native Hungarians, came to England as war refugees - his father in 1939 and his mother as a survivor of Auschwitz. He attended his first opera at age 4, became a regular operagoer in his teens, and has said that by the time he was 14 he knew he wanted to run an opera company. Freud graduated with honors with a law degree from the University of London King's College in 1978 and qualified as an attorney in 1979, but chose instead to follow his passion for opera.

Upcoming Performances

The Marriage of Figaro

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Marriage of Figaro

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Marriage of Figaro

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Cinderella

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Marriage of Figaro

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Cinderella

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Marriage of Figaro

Friday, October 9, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Cinderella

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Cinderella

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Marriage of Figaro

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Second Nature

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Francis W. Parker School

Cinderella

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Marriage of Figaro

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Marriage of Figaro

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Cinderella

Friday, October 23, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Marriage of Figaro

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Cinderella

Monday, October 26, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Cinderella

Friday, October 30, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Wozzeck

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Wozzeck

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Wozzeck

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Wozzeck

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Merry Widow

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Wozzeck

Monday, November 16, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Merry Widow

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Merry Widow

Friday, November 20, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Wozzeck

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Merry Widow

Monday, November 23, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Merry Widow

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Merry Widow

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Merry Widow

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Bel Canto

Monday, December 7, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Merry Widow

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Bel Canto

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Merry Widow

Friday, December 11, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Bel Canto

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

The Merry Widow

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Bel Canto

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Bel Canto

Friday, January 8, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Domingo + Martinez Concert

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Bel Canto

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Bel Canto

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Nabucco

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Nabucco

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

Nabucco

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Ardis Krainik Theatre

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