Satie: Mémoires d’un Amnésique, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2013 (detail) View full image

Agathe Mélinand

Director, Dramaturg, Librettist
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The first half surged along, driven largely by the stage business and with the spoken scenes, intelligently adapted for a modern audience by Agathe Mélinand.

Flora Willson, Opera, Béatrice & Bénédict, Glyndebourne Festival

Agathe Mélinand enjoys a successful career as director, dramaturg and librettist, in both opera and the theatre. 

Opera highlights include new dialogue versions of Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict, Chabrier's L'étoile and Donizetti's La fille du régiment. A specialist in Offenbach, 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 for Opéra de Lyon, winner of the Best Rediscovered Work category at the 2016 International Opera Awards. Projects in 2017-18 include a new dialogue adaptation of Strauss’ Gypsy Baron, directed by Christian Räth at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

From 2008-2018 she was co-director of Théâtre national de Toulouse, where highlights include the conception, writing and direction of Tennessee Williams - Short Stories and Erik Satie - Mémoires d'un amnésique, as well as a vibrant staging of Poulenc's Babar the Elephant and a new translation for Goldoni's L'oiseau Vert, which will be transferred to the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin, Paris in Spring 2018. Most recently, in December 2017 she created an adaptation of Marcel Proust Enfance et Adolescence de Jean Santeuil.

Offenbach: Le Roi Carotte, Opéra de Lille, 2018

Marcel Proust / Agathe Mélinand: Enfance et adolescence de Jean Santeuil, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2017

Aristophane: Les Oiseaux, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2017

Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict, Glyndebourne, 2016

Offenbach: Le Roi Carotte, Opéra de Lyon, 2015

Poulenc: Histoire de Babar, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2014

Chabrier: L'étoile, Dutch National Opera, 2014

Satie: Mémoires d’un amnésique, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2013

Tennessee Williams - Short Stories, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2012

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