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

Agathe Mélinand

Dramaturg, Librettist, Director
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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
  • Co-Director, Théâtre national de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées

Agathe Mélinand enjoys a successful career as director, dramaturg and librettist, in both opera and the theatre. She is currently Co-Director of Théâtre national de Toulouse (TNT). 

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.

Highlights at TNT 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. In December 2017 Agathe writes and directs Vers Santeuil - based on Marcel Proust’s Jean Santeuil.  

Marcel Proust / Agathe Mélinand: Enfance et adolescence de Jean Santeuil, TNT, 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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