Sir Peter Hall was an English theatre, opera and film director whose obituary in The Times declared him “the most important figure in British theatre for half a century” and on his death a Royal National Theatre statement declared that Hall’s “influence on the artistic life of Britain in the 20th century was unparalleled”. An internationally celebrated opera director, his first experience was in 1957, directing The Moon and Sixpence by John Gardner at Sadler’s Wells. He had a close relationship with the Glyndebourne Festival where he was artistic director from 1984 to 1990, directing more than twenty productions including the Mozart/Da Ponte operas. His production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1981) was revived nine times, most recently 35 years after its premiere, in August 2016. Hall also directed Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten, Cavalli’s La Calisto, Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice; L’incoronazione di Poppea and Carmen – both with his then wife, Maria Ewing, with whom he also staged a celebrated Salome (The Royal Opera London and L.A. Opera) in 1986. Opera magazine noted Hall’s characteristics as (in relation to La Cenerentola at Glyndebourne) “dignity and emotional veracity”, recalling that “he would always insist that ‘the singers, like actors, played off each other.