Anthony Freud to retire as head of Lyric Opera of Chicago at end of 2023-24 season

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Anthony Freud poses in the auditorium of the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Anthony Freud, Lyric’s general director for the past 13 years, had been under contract until 2026 but will be retiring at the end of the 2023-2024 season (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Freud will retire as general director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago at the end of the season, ending a 13-year tenure.

Freud, who made the announcement Wednesday, turns 66 in October and intends to return to Britain after the season.

Freud’s tenure included the world premieres of Jimmy López Bellido’s Bel Canto in 2015 based on the 2001 Ann Patchett novel and this year’s Proximity, a triptych composed by Caroline Shaw, Daniel Bernard Roumain, and John Luther Adams.

Freud was director of the Welsh National Opera from 1994-2005 and the Houston Grand Opera from 2006-11. He is the Lyric Opera’s fourth head following Carol Fox (1954-80), Ardis Krainik (1981-97), and William Mason (1997-2011).