..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. 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. In 2016-17 his production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Le Coq d’Or (La Monnaie Brussels, Teatro Real Madrid, Opera national de Lorraine) was the recipient of the French Critics Prix de l'Europe Francophone 2017.
New work in 2017-18 includes Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and Candide for the Santa Fe Opera, as well as a return to the Metropolitcan Opera with his celebrated production of Massenet’s Cendrillon. Recent work includes Donizetti’s Viva la mamma! (Opéra de Lyon), Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict (Glyndebourne Festival), Offenbach’s Le Roi Carotte (Opéra de Lyon) 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 and which transfers 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).
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