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Watch: Laurent Pelly on La Fille du régiment

The acclaimed director on extending his involvement to design, his creative process and working with starry casts.

By Mimi Doulton (Music Student at Kings College, London.)

23 September 2013 at 5.03pm | 1 Comment

Before the return of La Fille du régiment in March 2014, director Laurent Pelly discusses what inspired his production as well as his creative process.

‘I always say that I try never to impose anything on a work,’ says Laurent. ‘It’s subjective of course, but the work itself imposes the aesthetic choices that I make.’

The director’s involvement also extends to design: ‘I always design costumes myself because a costume needs to fit within a particular set; a space imposes a certain way of moving.’

As Laurent explains, part of the success of the production lies  in the starry casts and this revival is no different, featuring Patrizia Ciofi, Juan Diego Flórez and Kiri Te Kanawa.

The production is influenced by the director’s love for Donizetti – as well as his native France – and he points out the strong patriotism in the piece. ‘It’s almost pompous patriotism…it’s a patriotic piece that ends with a salute to France.’

The Royal Opera’s La Fille du régiment runs from 3 – 18 March 2014. General booking opens on 22 October 2013.
The production is staged with generous support from Judith Portrait.

By Mimi Doulton (Music Student at Kings College, London.)

23 September 2013 at 5.03pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Laurent Pelly, design, director, Film, interview, La Fille du regiment, Production

This article has 1 comment

  1. Tony Boyd-Williams responded on 24 February 2014 at 10:01pm Reply

    What a talented director! All his work shows both inspiration and pure genius. This exciting revival is sure to be another splendid performance this season

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