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Laurent Pelly

Director, Designer
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***** scintillatingly, surreally brilliant

The Telegraph, Poulenc La Voix Humaine / Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Glyndebourne Festival 2022

***** Dig out your glad rags, pack up a picnic and beg, borrow or steal a ticket to Glyndebourne’s latest offering, a Poulenc double bill that will first turn you into an emotional wreck then have you laughing all the way home. There’s not a foot put wrong.... In both operas it’s the clarity and effectiveness of the creative team’s ideas that stand out. That and their brilliant execution.

The Times, Poulenc La Voix Humaine / Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Glyndebourne Festival 2022

A wonderful production which achieves something very rarely seen with this work - a perfect synergy between staging, singers and the pit. Director Laurent Pelly creates one of his greatest successes... And however magical and inventive it may be, his scenic imagination is not limited simply to “special effects”. His wonderful direction of the singers summons with virtuosity the fantastical world of the spirits, Athenian heroes and Earth people. Vividly outlined situations, a gallery of quicksilver portraits – this Shakespearean dream achieves the ideal alchemy between comic edge and poetic shores

Le Monde, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opéra de Lille

French opera and theatre director Laurent Pelly is sought after by the world’s most prestigious houses. With a natural affinity for Italian and French repertoire, his creative curiosity has led him in recent years towards other composers including Russian and Czech. He brings theatrical insight to his work with singers and his concepts often contain surreal invention and a dark sense of humour. A master of detail, he designs the costumes for all his productions, as well as occasionally the sets.

Projects in 2023–24 Include Die Meistersinger at Teatro Real Madrid and Le Chauve Souris (in the original french) for Opéra de Lille, plus numerous revivals. His most recent work includes Il Turco in Italia at Teatro Real Madrid, Eugene Onegin at La Monnaie de Munt and Royal Danish Opera, La Périchole at Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Lakmé at Opéra Comique, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Lille and Poulenc La voix humaine/Les mamelles de Tirésias for the Glyndebourne Festival (winner of Best New Production at the International Awards 2022).

He was Co-Director of Théâtre national de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées (2008–2018) where creations included Ionesco’s La cantatrice chauve, Aristophane’s Les oiseaux, Goldoni’s L’oiseau vert and Hugo’s Mangeront-ils? as well as Shakespeare’s Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2021 he brought his sense of comic fantasy to the first French theatrical production of Mary Chase’s Harvey, which continued to tour in 2022–23, featuring acclaimed french actor Jacques Gamblin. This season sees the premiere of his latest theatrical venture – Goldoni’s L’Impresario de Smyrne (Scènes de la vie d’opéra).

Rossini: Il Turco in Italia, Teatro Real 2023

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin, La Monnaie / De Munt 2023

Offenbach: La Périchole, Théâtre des Champs Elysées 2022

Delibes: Lakmé, Opéra Comique 2022

Poulenc: Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Glyndebourne Festival 2022

Poulenc: La Voix Humaine, Glyndebourne Festival 2022

Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opéra de Lille 2022

Offenbach: Le voyage dans la lune, Opéra Comique 2021

Rossini: La Cenerentola, De Nationale Opera, 2019

Offenbach: Barbe bleue, Opéra de Lyon, 2019

Verdi: Falstaff, Teatro Real, 2019

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor, Opera Philadelphia, 2018

Bernstein: Candide, Santa Fe Opera, 2018

Offenbach: Le Roi Carotte, Opéra de Lille, 2018

Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, 2017

Donizetti: Viva la Mamma, Opera de Lyon, 2017

Aristophane: Les Oiseaux, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2017

Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq d'Or, La Monnaie/De Munt, Brussels, 2016

Donizetti: Don Pasquale, San Francisco Opera, 2016

Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict, Glyndebourne, 2016

Shakespeare: Midsummer Night's Dream, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2016

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

Ionesco: La Cantatrice chauve, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 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, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2015

Chabrier: L'étoile, Dutch National Opera, 2014

Shakespeare: Macbeth, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 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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