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Laurent Pelly

Director

Biography

French director and costume designer Laurent Pelly made his Royal Opera debut in 2007 on La Fille du régiment and has since returned to direct L’elisir d’amore, Manon, Cendrillon and Robert le diable. He designed costumes for all these productions, often in collaboration with Jean-Jacques Delmotte.

Pelly staged his first play aged 16 and at 18 founded the theatre company Le Pélican. He was Director of the Centre Dramatique National des Alpes in Grenoble 1997–2007 and is currently Director of the Théâtre national de Toulouse, where his credits include La Cantatrice chauve, L’Oiseau vert, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Mille cents francs de récompense, Mangeront-ils? and Funérailles d’hiver.

Pelly’s opera credits include Le Médecin malgré lui (Geneva), Don Pasquale (Santa Fe, Liceu, Barcelona, and San Francisco), L’Etoile and The Love for Three Oranges (Dutch National Opera), Le Comte Ory (Opéra de Lyon and La Scala, Milan), I puritani, Giulio Cesare, Platée and Ariadne auf Naxos (Paris Opéra), L’Heure espagnole/L’Enfant et les sortilèges, Hänsel und Gretel and Béatrice et Bénédict (Glyndebourne Festival), La traviata (Santa Fe and Teatro Regio Turin), Pelléas et Mélisande (Theater an der Wien) and The Cunning Little Vixen (Saito Kinen Festival and Maggio Musicale, Florence). He has won renown for his numerous stagings of works by Offenbach, including Le Roi carotte (Opéra de Lyon), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Liceu, San Francisco and Opéra de Lyon), La Belle Hélène (Théâtre du Châtelet, Santa Fe and English National Opera), La Vie parisienne (Lyon and Toulouse) and La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein (Châtelet). His many awards include the 2016 International Opera Award for Best Director.

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News and features

Winners of 2016 International Opera Awards announced

Winners of 2016 International Opera Awards announced

16 May 2016

Best Conductor Gianandrea Noseda and Best Male Singer Gregory Kunde both appear in The Royal Opera's new production of Il trovatore.

Nominations announced for International Opera Awards 2016

Nominations announced for International Opera Awards 2016

1 March 2016

Nominees include Kasper Holten, Anna Netrebko and Ermonela Jaho.

Sky Arts set to broadcast seven ROH productions during autumn 2015

Sky Arts set to broadcast seven ROH productions during autumn 2015

24 August 2015

A number of recent Royal Opera and Royal Ballet productions will be shown on Sky Arts over the coming months.

Photos

Anna Netrebko in Manon, The Royal Opera

Laurent Pelly

Ludovic Tézier as Belcore and Aleksandra Kursak as Adina in L'Elisir d'amore.

Paolo Gavanelli as Dulcamara and Aleksandra Kursak as Adina in L'Elisir d'amore.

Bryan Hymel and John Relyea in Robert le diable

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Cinderella and Prince Charming, Alice Coote and Joyce DiDonato

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Director Laurent Pelly and Conductor Bertrand de Billy

The cast of L'elisir d'amore

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Tony Hall, Elaine Padmore, Peter Mario Katona

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Joyce Didonato, Betrand de Billy and Eglise Gutierrez

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Joyce DiDonato and red-faced flunkies

Aleksandra Kurzak in L'elisir d'amore

Roberto Alagna and The Royal Opera Chorus in L'elisir d'amore

Laurent Pelly

Anna Netrebko in Manon, The Royal Opera

Ambrogio Maestri in L'elisir d'amore

Ambrogio Maestri in L'elisir d'amore

Ambrogio Maestri and The Royal Opera Chorus in L'elisir d'amore

Stefano Secco as Nemorino and Aleksandra Kursak as Adina in L'Elisir d'amore.

The cast of The Royal Opera in Manon

Members of The Royal Opera in L'Elisir d'amore.

Ludovic Tézier as Belcore, Paolo Gavanelli as Dulcamara and Aleksandra Kursak as Adina in L'Elisir d'amore.

The Royal Opera Chorus in Robert le diable

Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna in L'elisir d'amore

Fabio Capitanucci in L'elisir d'amore

Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna in L'elisir d'amore

Roberto Alagna in L'elisir d'amore

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Laurent Pelly and Joyce DiDonato

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Cinderella and Prince Charming, Alice Coote and Joyce DiDonato

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Joyce DiDonato runs off stage