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Laurent Pelly

Season 21/22 Artist
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After heading the Cargo / Centre Dramatique National des Alpes in Grenoble from 1997 to 2007, Laurent Pelly became co-director of the Théâtre National de Toulouse from 2008 to the end of 2017 with Agathe Mélinand. His productions there included Hanoch Levin’s A Winter Funeral, the two Victor Hugo plays Mangeront-ils? and Mille francs de récompense (Prix Georges-Lerminier du Syndicat de la critique), Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth, Ionesco’s La Cantatrice chauve, Carlo Gozzi’s The Green Bird, Aristophanes’ The Birds, and a special show dedicated to Jacques Prévert entitled Sur la tête. From 1997 to 2007, he directed numerous operas in France and abroad (Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers, La Belle Hélène, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein, and La Vie Parisienne; Donizetti’s La Fille du régiment and L'elisir d'amore, Mozart’s La Finta Semplice, and Rameau’s Platée...). More recently, he directed Hansel und Gretel at the Glyndebourne Festival and the Teatro Real in Madrid; Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen at the Saito Kinen Festival, Matsumoto (Japan); Pelléas et Mélisande at the Theater an der Wien; La Traviata at the Santa Fe Festival; Massenet’s Manon at London’s Royal Opera House (a production later restaged at the Metropolitan Opera and the Théâtre du Capitole); Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny at the Théâtre du Capitole; Ariadne auf Naxos, Giulio Cesare, La Fille du régiment, and I Puritani at the Paris Opera; Massenet’s Cendrillon at London’s Royal Opera House and New York’s Metropolitan Opera; Don Pasquale at the Santa Fe Opera; Chabrier’s L'Étoile at the Amsterdam Opera; La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein and Le Médecin malgré lui at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva; Don Pasquale at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; The Love For Three Oranges at the Aalto Theater in Essen; Offenbach’s Le Comte Ory and Le Roi Carotte and Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma at the Lyon Opera; Béatrice et Bénédict at the Glyndebourne Festival; The Golden Cockerel at the Lorraine Opera, and Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Lucia di Lammermoor at the Vienna Staatsoper and the Philadelphia Opera, and Falstaff at the Teatro Real in Madrid. Laurent Pelly was awarded the SACD prize for directing in 2009. He was named Best Director at the International Opera Awards in 2016, where his production of Le Roi Carotte was named Best Rediscovered Work. During the 2019-2020 season, he directed La Cenerentola at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and Giulio Cesare at the New National Theatre in Tokyo.

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