Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq d'Or, La Monnaie, 2016 (detail) View full image

Laurent Pelly


..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. 

Flora Willson, Opera, Béatrice & Bénédict, Glyndebourne Festival
  • 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: Les Oiseaux, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2017

Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq d'Or, La Monnaie, 2016

Donizetti: Don Pasquale, San Francisco Opera, 2016

Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict, Glyndebourne, 2016

Shakespeare: Midsummer Night's Dream, TNT, 2016

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

Ionesco: La Cantatrice chauve, TNT, 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, 2015, TNT

Chabrier: L'étoile, Dutch National Opera, 2014

Shakespeare: Macbeth, TNT, 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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