Agathe MélinandDramaturg, Librettist, Director
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.
- 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.