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Agathe Mélinand

Biography

Agathe Mélinand has written the dialogue for The Royal Opera’s co-production of La Fille du régiment, directed by Laurent Pelly, which is given its fourth revival at the Royal Opera House in the 2013/14 Season. Her previous work for The Royal Opera includes as Pelly's dramaturg for his productions of L’elisir d’amore in 2007 and Manon in 2010.

Mélinand is currently Co-director of the Théâtre national de Toulouse, for which her recent work includes creating and directing Erik Satie –Mémoires d’un amnésique and Tennessee Williams: Short Stories. From 1997 to 2007 she was Deputy Artistic Director and Director of Communication of the Centre Dramatique National des Alpes (CDNA) in Grenoble and prior to that (1989–1994) Co-director of theatre company Le Pélican. She also works in opera as both a librettist and dramaturg, and has written new versions of Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann (Lausanne, Barcelona, San Francisco, and Lyon) and La Vie parisienne (Lyon and Toulouse). She produced new dialogue adaptations La belle Hélène (Théâtre du Châtelet, English National Opera, and a new translation for Santa Fe), Chabrier’s Le Roi malgré lui (Lyon and Opéra Comique) and Le Chanteur de Mexico and La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein (Théâtre du Châtelet).

Mélinand collaborates regularly with Pelly, their work together including productions of Giulio Cesare, Platée, Ariadne auf Naxos, L’Heure espagnole and Gianni Schicchi (Paris Opéra), L’elisir d’amore (Royal Opera, Opéra Bastille), Hänsel und Gretel (Glyndebourne), Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Toulouse), La Périchole (Marseille) and Orphée aux enfers (Geneva and Lyon).