Agathe MélinandDramaturg, Librettist
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.
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, most recently, 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. Current work includes an adaptation of Offenbach’s Le voyage dans la Lune for Opéra Comique, to be premiered in April 2021.
Current theatre projects include a new translation and the french premiere of Harvey by Mary Chase at MC2 : Grenoble in 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.
News and Articles
A magnificent Offenbach staging delights in Lyon24 June 2019
Christian Räth returns to Geneva with The Gypsy Baron8 January 2018
Aristophanes' Birds take flight at Théâtre national de Toulouse28 April 2017
Maestro Arts artists nominated for Opernwelt awards2 December 2016
Starry Nights at Glyndebourne as Béatrice finds her Bénédict21 July 2016
Le Roi Carotte - bravos ring out in Lyon!12 December 2015