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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 he has directed plays including Macbeth, Mille cents francs de récompense, Mangeront-ils? and The Liar.

Pelly’s opera credits include I Puritani, Giulio Cesare and Ariadne auf Naxos (Paris Opéra), L’Heure espagnole/L’Enfant et les sortileges and Hänsel und Gretel (Glyndebourne Festival), La traviata (Santa Fe and Teatro Regio Turin), L’Amour des trois oranges (Netherlands Opera), Pelléas et Mélisande (Theater an der Wien), The Cunning Little Vixen (Saito Kinen Festival and Maggio Musicale, Florence) and Platée (Paris Opera and Santa Fe). He has directed numerous works by Offenbach, including Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Liceu, Barcelona, San Francisco and Opéra deLyon), 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).

Videos

News and features

Young Artist Profile: Jihoon Kim on Robert le diable and La bohème

Young Artist Profile: Jihoon Kim on Robert le diable and La bohème

13 December 2012

The Korean bass on his experiences with The Royal Opera so far, and adapting to opera in the UK

Your forgotten operatic gems

Your forgotten operatic gems

21 November 2012

As The Royal Opera stages Robert le diable for the first time in 122 years, we asked you what forgotten opera you'd revive.

Young Artist Profile: Susana Gaspar on realizing her dreams

Young Artist Profile: Susana Gaspar on realizing her dreams

12 November 2012

The Portuguese soprano tells us about the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme and singing in L'elisir d'amore.

Watch: Laurent Pelly on Robert le diable

Watch: Laurent Pelly on Robert le diable

9 November 2012

The director discusses the forgotten production and its impact on operatic history.

A Postcard from Meyerbeer’s Paris

A Postcard from Meyerbeer’s Paris

29 September 2012

We take a look at the times in which grand opéra shuddered onto the opera scene.

Photos

Bryan Hymel and John Relyea in Robert le diable © ROH / Bill Cooper

Laurent Pelly © Pologarat Odessa

Members of The Royal Opera in L'Elisir d'amore. ©ROH/Catherine Ashmore 2007

Ambrogio Maestri in L'elisir d'amore © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Ambrogio Maestri in L'elisir d'amore © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

The cast of L'elisir d'amore © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Roberto Alagna and The Royal Opera Chorus in L'elisir d'amore © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Aleksandra Kurzak in L'elisir d'amore © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna in L'elisir d'amore © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna in L'elisir d'amore © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Fabio Capitanucci in L'elisir d'amore © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Ambrogio Maestri and The Royal Opera Chorus in L'elisir d'amore © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Roberto Alagna in L'elisir d'amore © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Ludovic Tézier as Belcore, Paolo Gavanelli as Dulcamara and Aleksandra Kursak as Adina in L'Elisir d'amore. ©ROH/Catherine Ashmore 2007

Ludovic Tézier as Belcore and Aleksandra Kursak as Adina in L'Elisir d'amore. ©ROH/Catherine Ashmore 2007

Stefano Secco as Nemorino and Aleksandra Kursak as Adina in L'Elisir d'amore. ©ROH/Catherine Ashmore 2007

Paolo Gavanelli as Dulcamara and Aleksandra Kursak as Adina in L'Elisir d'amore. ©ROH/Catherine Ashmore 2007

The Royal Opera Chorus in Robert le diable © ROH / Bill Cooper 2012

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Laurent Pelly and Joyce DiDonato © ROH 2011

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Cinderella and Prince Charming, Alice Coote and Joyce DiDonato © ROH 2011

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Cinderella and Prince Charming, Alice Coote and Joyce DiDonato © ROH 2011

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Tony Hall, Elaine Padmore, Peter Mario Katona © ROH 2011

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Director Laurent Pelly and Conductor Bertrand de Billy © ROH 2011

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Joyce Didonato, Betrand de Billy and Eglise Gutierrez © ROH 2011

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Joyce DiDonato runs off stage © ROH 2011

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Joyce DiDonato and red-faced flunkies © ROH 2011

Laurent Pelly

Anna Netrebko in Manon, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2010

Anna Netrebko in Manon, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2010

The cast of The Royal Opera in Manon © Bill Cooper/ROH 2010