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Agathe Mélinand

Dramaturg, Librettist
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Agathe Mélinand has not completely rewritten the text; rather reshaped and cut some of the longer sections, thus proving that without any need for any "dusting off" of the texts, the spectators still laugh at the original texts when the burlesque, the hero-comedy and the absurd are handled with so much skill.

Stéphane Lelièvre, Olyrix, Barbe bleue, Opéra de Lyon

Agathe Mélinand enjoys a successful career as director, dramaturg and librettist in opera and theatre. Opera highlights include new dialogue versions of Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict, Chabrier's L'étoile, Donizetti's La fille du régiment and Strauss' Gypsy Baron. Recent projects include the writing of additional texts (derived from Goethe’s Faust) for La Damnation de Faust at the 2019 Glyndebourne Festival (director Richard Jones).

A specialist in Offenbach, she has created, together with her long-time collaborator Laurent Pelly, new versions of a dozen or so titles including Barbe bleue and Le Roi Carotte for Opéra de Lyon, the latter winner of the Best Rediscovered Work category at the 2016 International Opera Awards. most recently she created an adaptation of Offenbach’s Le voyage dans la Lune for Opéra Comique, filmed for transmission on France TV.

Current theatre projects include a new translation and the french premiere of Harvey by Mary Chase at TNP-Villurbanne in autumn 2021, directed by Laurent Pelly and the conception, writing and direction of Le Petit Livre d'Anna Magdalena Bach - inspired by the film Chronique d’Anna Magdalena Bach (Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet) and based around the Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach, premiered at MC2 Grenoble in January 2020.

Offenbach: Le Voyage dans la lune, Opéra Comique, 2021

Offenbach: Barbe bleue, Opéra de Lyon, 2019

Offenbach: Le Roi Carotte, Opéra de Lille, 2018

Marcel Proust / Agathe Mélinand: Enfance et adolescence de Jean Santeuil, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2017

Aristophane: Les Oiseaux, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2017

Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict, Glyndebourne, 2016

Offenbach: Le Roi Carotte, Opéra de Lyon, 2015

Poulenc: Histoire de Babar, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2014

Chabrier: L'étoile, Dutch National Opera, 2014

Satie: Mémoires d’un amnésique, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2013

Tennessee Williams - Short Stories, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2012

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