Anthony Freud, general director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago,...

Anthony Freud, general director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, poses on the mezzanine overlooking the foyer at the Lyric on Dec. 11, 2014. Freud will retire as general director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago at the end of the season, ending a 13-year tenure. Credit: AP/M. Spencer Green

CHICAGO — 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'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).

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