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.
‘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.