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Laurent Pelly



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.

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 Co-Director of the Théâtre national de Toulouse with Agathe Mélinand (2008-2018), where his credits include Les Oiseaux, La Cantatrice chauve, L’Oiseau vert (also staged in Paris), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Mille cents francs de récompense, Mangeront-ils? an Funérailles d’hiver.

Pelly’s opera credits include Candide (Santa Fe Opera), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris and Edinburgh International Festival), Le Coq d’or (La Monnaie, Brussels, Teatro Real, Madrid, Opéra national de Lorraine), Béatrice et Bénédict, L’Heure espagnole /L’Enfant et les sortilèges and Hänsel und Gretel (Glyndebourne Festival), 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), 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, winner of Best Rediscovered Work at the 2016 International Opera Awards), 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 (Théâtre du Châtelet and Geneva). Pelly’s many awards include the 2016 International Opera Award for Best Director, and the French Critics Prix de l’Europe Francophone for Le Coq d’Or (2017).