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.
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 2008-18, 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).
Laurent Pelly's Lucia di Lammermoor opens at Opera Philadelphia30 September 2018
The closing of Cendrillon at the MET and two openings in Paris for Laurent Pelly16 May 2018
Laurent Pelly's production of Massenet's Cendrillion premieres at the Metropolitan Opera10 April 2018
Pelly's Barber of Seville opens at the TCE in Paris13 December 2017
Viva la Mamma! closes the Lyon Opera season with a joyous outburst of laughter27 June 2017
Awards for Maestro Arts Artists19 June 2017
Aristophanes' Birds take flight at Théâtre national de Toulouse28 April 2017
Pelly and de Limburg enthrall audiences with their Golden Cockerel12 December 2016
Maestro Arts artists nominated for Opernwelt awards2 December 2016
A fun and feisty trip through the woods with Hansel and Gretel in Seattle18 October 2016
Pelly's Don Pasquale brings uproarious delight to the SF Opera30 September 2016
Laurent Pelly - Costumes22 July 2016
Starry Nights at Glyndebourne as Béatrice finds her Bénédict21 July 2016
Double win for Laurent Pelly at the International Opera Awards 201616 May 2016
Pelly's Le Médecin malgré lui premieres in Geneva4 April 2016
Le Roi Carotte - bravos ring out in Lyon!12 December 2015
Pelly's Love for Three Oranges opens in Essen18 November 2015
- Carlo Gozzi - L'Oiseaux Vert
- Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia - First Rehearsals
- Donizetti: Viva la Mamma - Extracts
- Donizetti: Viva la Mamma - feature
- Aristophanes: Les Oiseaux
- Donizetti: Don Pasquale
- Gounod: Le Médecin malgré lui
- Feature on Le Coq d'Or
- Offenbach: Le Roi Carotte
- Chabrier: L'étoile
- Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges