Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor, Opera Philadelphia, 2018 (detail) View full image

Laurent Pelly


Laurent Pelly's arresting production of Leonard Berstein's Candide was dark and satirical, smartly juxtaposing the exuberant buoyancy of the music with the cruelty of Voltaire's message - all is not for the best in this best of all possible worlds. The show leapt out of a book: Chantal Thomas's set placed the action on sheaves of paper, and projections created by 59 Productions ranged from blood stains to old engravings of jungles. Mr Pelly also created the witty costumes - in the Venice casino scene, for example, characters were actually wearing money.

Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal, Candide, Santa Fe Opera

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. He designs costumes for all of his productions, sometimes also undertaking set design.

New productions in 2018-19 include Lucia di Lammermoor for Opera Philadelphia and Wiener Staatsoper, Falstaff at Teatro Real Madrid, in co-production with La Monnaie/de Munt and Opéra national de Bordeaux and Offenbach’s Barbe bleue for L’Opéra de Lyon. Numerous revivals include Cendrillon at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Viva la mamma! in Geneva, Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, L’elisir d’amore in Paris, La fille du regiment at the Royal Opera House, London and Don Pasquale at La Monnaie/de Munt. Most recently he directed a new production of Candide for the Santa Fe Opera and Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, also on tour to the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival.

Co-Director of Théâtre national de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées from 2008 to 2018, highlights include Carlo Gozzi’s L’oiseau vert, winner of the French critics Best Scenic Elements award 2015 and which transferred to the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin, Paris in Spring 2018, Aristophane’s Les Oiseaux, Ionesco’s La cantatrice chauve, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Victor Hugo’s Mille cents francs de récompense (also at l’Odéon in Paris).

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor, Opera Philadelphia, 2018

Bernstein: Candide, Santa Fe Opera, 2018

Offenbach: Le Roi Carotte, Opéra de Lille, 2018

Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, 2017

Donizetti: Viva la Mamma, Opera de Lyon, 2017

Aristophane: Les Oiseaux, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2017

Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq d'Or, La Monnaie/De Munt, Brussels, 2016

Donizetti: Don Pasquale, San Francisco Opera, 2016

Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict, Glyndebourne, 2016

Shakespeare: Midsummer Night's Dream, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2016

Gounod: Le Médecin malgré lui, Grand Théâtre de Genève, 2016

Ionesco: La Cantatrice chauve, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2016

Offenbach: Le Roi Carotte, Opéra de Lyon, 2015

Rameau: Platée, Opéra National de Paris, 2015

Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges, Glyndebourne, 2015

Carlo Gozzi: L'Oiseau vert, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2015

Chabrier: L'étoile, Dutch National Opera, 2014

Shakespeare: Macbeth, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2012

Massenet: Cendrillon, Royal Opera London, 2011

Massenet: Manon, Royal Opera London, 2010

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel, Glyndebourne, 2008

Donizetti: La fille du régiment, Royal Opera London, 2008

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