..at the dénouement, there was Pelly’s masterstroke.... rarely are we offered such moving, sensitive insight in a character’s state of mind; rarely does a theatrical gesture articulate so poignantly what is suggested by the music.
- Co-Director, Théâtre national de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées
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, and has a skill for revealing the serious side of comedy. He designs costumes for all his productions, and on occasion, also designs the sets. Named Best Director at the 2016 International Opera Awards, his production of Offenbach’s Le Roi Carotte (Opéra de Lyon) was also the winner of the category Best Rediscovered Work.
Opera productions in 2016-17 include Rimsky-Korsakov’s Le Coq d’Or (La Monnaie Brussels, Teatro Real Madrid, Opera national de Lorraine) and Donizetti’s Viva la mamma! (Opéra de Lyon). Other recent work includes Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict (Glyndebourne Festival), and Gounod’s Le médecin malgré lui (Grand Théâtre de Genève).
Director of Théâtre national de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées since 2007, recent highlights include Carlo Gozzi’s L’oiseau vert, winner of the French critics Best Scenic Elements award 2015, 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). In 2016-2017 he directs and designs Aristophane’s Les Oiseaux.
Aristophane’s 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