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Laurent Pelly

Biography

In the 2013/14 Season The Royal Opera revives French director Laurent Pelly’s productions of Manon and La Fille du régiment. He has also directed 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. Many of Pelly’s Royal Opera productions have toured worldwide, to venues including La Scala, Milan, Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

Laurent Pelly staged his first play aged 16 and at 18 he founded 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, Hugo’s Mille cents francs de récompense and Mangeront-ils? and Goldoni’s The Liar. He divides his time between directing theatre and opera.

Pelly’s other operatic productions 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, Paris, Santa Fe and English National Opera), La Vie parisienne (Lyon and Toulouse) and La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein (Châtelet).

Upcoming productions

  • L'elisir d'amore

    Laurent Pelly's acclaimed production of Donizetti's opera radiates tenderness, humour and southern sunshine.

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Videos

News and features

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

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

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

  2. 'Audiences will struggle not to enjoy this production': Bryan Hymel on preparing for Robert le diable

  3. Your forgotten operatic gems

    Your forgotten operatic gems

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

  4. Young Artist Profile: Susana Gaspar on realizing her dreams

    Young Artist Profile: Susana Gaspar on realizing her dreams

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

  5. Watch: Laurent Pelly on Robert le diable

    Watch: Laurent Pelly on Robert le diable

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

  6. A Postcard from Meyerbeer’s Paris

    A Postcard from Meyerbeer’s Paris

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

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