French director, dramaturg and dramatist Agathe Mélinand made her Royal Opera debut in 2007, adapting dialogue and also writing new dialogues for La Fille du régiment, revived in the 2018/19 Season. She returned as dramaturg for Manon, directed by Pelly.
Current and recent projects include adaptations of Offenbach’s Barbe Bleue and Le Roi Carotte for Opéra de Lyon, dialogues for Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict for the Glyndebourne Festival, Johann Strauss’s Der Zigeunerbaron at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Chabrier’s L’Étoile for Dutch Nationale Opera. Renowned for her work on Offenbach with her longtime collaborator Pelly she has also created new versions of La Vie parisienne, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, La Périchole, Le Voyage dans la lune, L’Île de Tulipatan, Monsieur Choufleury ne rentrera pas chez lui, La Grande-duchesse de Gérolstein, Orphée aux enfers and La Belle Hélène. Other projects with Pelly (as his dramaturg) include Giulio Cesare, Platée, Ariadne auf Naxos, L’Heure espagnole and Gianni Schicchi (Paris Opéra), Hänsel und Gretel (Glyndebourne), Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Toulouse).
Mélinand was Co-Director of the Théâtre national de Toulouse (2008–18), where highlights included the creation and direction of a Marcel Proust adaptation (Enfance et Adolescence de Jean Santeuil), Erik Satie – Mémoires d’un amnésique and Tennessee Williams – Short Stories, as well as stagings of Babar the Elephant and a new translation of Goldoni’s L’Oiseau vert directed by Pelly (the latter also staged in Paris). From 1997 to 2007 she was Deputy Artistic Director and Director of Communication of the Centre Dramatique National des Alpes (CDNA) in Grenoble and from (1989–1994) Co-Director of theatre company Le Pélican.