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

Laurent Pelly

Director

..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. 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). 

Donizetti: Viva la Mamma, Opera de Lyon, 2017

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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