Anthony Freud became Lyric Opera of Chicago’s fourth general director on October 1, 2011, opening night of the company’s 57th season. Freud is widely recognized for his achievements as general director of both Houston Grand Opera (2006-2011) and Welsh National Opera (1994-2005). Current chairman of OPERA America and former chairman of 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 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) after beginning his professional life at London’s famous Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Freud was made 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 Honours (2006). Freud was born and raised in London by immigrant parents from Hungary. His father came to the U. K. as a refugee in 1939, and his mother was a survivor of Auschwitz. He attended his first opera at age four, became a regular operagoer in his teens, and by the time he was 14, he knew he wanted to run an opera company someday. 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.