23 September 2013 at 5.03pm | 1 Comment
‘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.’
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.