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17 June 2012

Stage Director David McVicar Knighted

Glasgow-born stage director David McVicar was made a Knight Bachelor for "services to opera" in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours in mid-June. McVicar, forty-six, was in rehearsals for a new production of Les Troyens at Covent Garden when his knighthood was announced.

McVicar's work has been seen frequently at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera and many other European theaters. The director made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2009 with Il Trovatore, a production also presented at San Francisco Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. McVicar directed the Met premiere of Donizetti's Anna Bolena (2011) and returns to the company in the 2012-13 season for Maria Stuarda and Giulio Cesare. He made his San Francisco debut in 2007, directing Don Giovanni. Lyric Opera of Chicago will offer two McVicar productions in 2012-13 — a new staging of Elektra in October and the Chicago premiere of his Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg production, first seen at Glyndebourne in 2011, in February 2013.  Previous Chicago credits for McVicar include Billy Budd, Giulio Cesare and Manon, the last a staging that has also been seen at Dallas Opera and Houston Grand Opera.

Composer and broadcaster Michael Berkeley and conductor Harry Christophers, founder and director of the early-music choir and period instrument orchestra The Sixteen, were made commanders of the British Empire (CBE) in the Honours List. English National Opera music director Edward Gardner, who made his Met debut leading Carmen in 2010, was made an OBE, as were former ROH director of opera Elaine Padmore and choirmaster Gareth Malone. spacer 

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