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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'Étoile and L'Amour des trois oranges (Dutch National Opera), 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 sortileges 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).

Videos

News and features

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.

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