Watch: Laurent Pelly on Robert le diable
The director discusses the forgotten production and its impact on operatic history.
Laurent Pelly’s new production of Robert le diable, which opens on 6 December, brings Meyerbeer’s grand opera to the Covent Garden stage for the first time since 1890.
Though hugely successful when it had its premiere in Paris in 1831, the opera subsequently fell out of favour with the French public and was rarely performed in the 20th century. Find out more about grand opera at the time of the work’s premiere.
We caught up with Laurent to find out why it is such an important work in the operatic canon and why he has been drawn to it.
Described by Laurent as a big-budget blockbuster, the opera depicts a grand battle between good and evil. A mix of romance and the supernatural, the work features one of Meyerbeer’s most memorable scenes – the notorious ballet of the nuns. Find out more about Robert le diable‘s ballet of the nuns scene.
Laurent’s production, for which he collaborated with set designer Chantal Thomas, is set in medieval France and brings the colourful world of courtly entertainments and jousting tournaments to the main stage. Find out more about the set design.
Laurent Pelly’s production of Donizetti’s playful L’elisir d’amore will also be staged this season, opening on 13 November. Robert le diable runs from 6 December to 21 December. Tickets are on sale now.