French director, dramaturg and dramatist Agathe Mélinand made her Royal Opera debut in 2007 as dramaturg for L’elisir d’amore, directed by Laurent Pelly. She has since returned as dramaturg for Manon and to write the dialogue for the 2012 revival of La Fille du régiment, both also directed by Pelly.
Mélinand is Director of the Théâtre national de Toulouse with Pelly, for which her engagements include 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 Les contes d’Hoffmann (Lausanne, Barcelona, San Francisco, and Lyon) and La Vie parisienne (Lyon and Toulouse). She has written new dialogue adaptations of La belle Hélène (Théâtre du Châtelet, English National Opera, and a new translation for Santa Fe), Le Roi malgré lui (Lyon and Opéra Comique), Le Roi carotte (Lyon) 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), Hänsel und Gretel and Béatrice et Bénédict (Glyndebourne), Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Toulouse), La Périchole (Marseille) and Orphée aux enfers (Geneva and Lyon).