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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 for the Company. 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 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Mille cents francs de récompense, Mangeront-ils? and The Liar.

Pelly’s opera credits include L’Etoile and The Love for Three Oranges (Dutch National Opera), Le Roi carotte (Opéra de Lyon), Don Pasquale (Santa Fe, Liceu, Barcelona, and San Francisco), 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 and Hänsel und Gretel (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 directed numerous works by Offenbach, including Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Liceu, Barcelona, 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.

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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.

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