Laurent Pelly is one of France’s most sought-after directors of both theatre and opera, working in the world’s most prestigious houses. He is particularly renowned for his work in French repertoire, and is known for being able to reveal the serious side of comedy.
He was Director of the Centre Dramatique National des Alpes in Grenoble (1997–2007) and Director of the Théâtre national de Toulouse with Agathe Mélinand (2008-2017), where his credits include Aristophane’s Les Oiseaux (The Birds), Ionesco’s La cantatrice chauve (The Bald Soprano), Carlo Gozzi’s L’oiseau vert (The Green Bird), Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Victor Hugo’s Mille cents francs de récompense (1000 franc Reward.
His new works for the opera in 2017-2018 included Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Candide at the Santa Fe Opera, as well as a return to the Metropolitcan Opera with his celebrated production of Massenet’s Cendrillon (Cinderella). Other recent works include Donizetti’s Viva la mamma! (Long live the Mother) (at the Opéra de Lyon), Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict (at the Glyndebourne Festival), Offenbach’s Le Roi Carotte (King Carrot) (Opéra de Lyon) and Gounod’s Le médecin malgré lui (The Doctor in spite of Himself) (Grand Théâtre de Genève).
Agathe Mélinand enjoys a successful career as director, dramaturg and librettist, in both opera and the theatre.
From 2008 to 2018 she co-directed the Théâtre national de Toulouse, where highlights include the conception, writing and direction of Tennessee Williams’ Short Stories and Erik Satie’s Mémoires d’un amnésique (Memoirs of an Amnesiac), as well as a vibrant staging of Poulenc’s Babar the Elephant and a new translation of Goldoni’s L’oiseau Vert (The Green Bird), which was also presented at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin in Paris during the spring of 2018. In December 2017, she created an adaptation of Marcel Proust’s Enfance et Adolescence de Jean Santeuil (Childhood and Adolescence of Jean Santeuil).
Opera highlights include new dialogue versions of Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict,Chabrier’s L’étoile (The Star) and Donizetti’s La fille du régiment. An Offenbach specialist, she has created, together with her long-time collaborator Laurent Pelly, new versions of a dozen or so titles including most recently, Le Roi Carotte (King Carrot) for the Opéra de Lyon, winner of the Best Rediscovered Work category at the 2016 International Opera Awards. Projects in 2017-2018 included a new dialogue adaptation of Strauss’ Gypsy Baron, directed by Christian Räth at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.
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