Agathe MélinandDirector, Dramaturg, Librettist
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.
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, Donizetti's La fille du régiment and Strauss' Gypsy Baron . 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 2018-19 include new dialogues for Offenbach's Barbe bleue, with Laurent Pelly, for L'opéra de Lyon.
From 2008-2018 she was co-director of Théâtre national de Toulouse, where highlights included 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 of Goldoni's L'oiseau Vert, which transferred to the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin, Paris in Spring 2018. In December 2017 she created an adaptation of Marcel Proust Enfance et Adolescence de Jean Santeuil.
Christian Räth returns to Geneva with The Gypsy Baron8 January 2018
Aristophanes' Birds take flight at Théâtre national de Toulouse28 April 2017
Maestro Arts artists nominated for Opernwelt awards2 December 2016
Starry Nights at Glyndebourne as Béatrice finds her Bénédict21 July 2016
Le Roi Carotte - bravos ring out in Lyon!12 December 2015