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Encyclopedia > Laurent Pelly

Laurent Pelly (born 1962) is a French opera and theatre director. At the age of 18, he founded the Compagnie Théâtrale du Pélican which, since 1982, has been co-directed by Agathe Mélinand . From 1994, he became associated with Le Centre Dramatique National des Alpes - Grenoble (the National Dramatic Center of the Alps) in Grenoble, and has been its director since 1997. 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... Sydney Opera House: one of the worlds most recognisable opera houses and landmarks. ... , Grenoble (Occitan: Grasanòbol) is a city and commune in south-east France, situated at the foot of the Alps, at the confluence of the Drac into the Isère River. ...

In over twenty years, Pelly has staged more than fifty theatrical productions, now expanding further into directing opera productions. In the six years after 1998 in particular, he directed (with Marc Minkowski as conductor), productions for the Opéra National de Paris of La Belle Hélène, the Tales of Hoffmann, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, all by Jacques Offenbach, Rameau’s Platée, and Ariadne auf Naxos in addition to others. He also designs the costumes for all his productions. Marc Minkowski is a French conductor of mostly baroque works and french neoclassical music, he was born in Paris in 1962. ... Opéra National de Paris is the leading opera company of France. ... La belle Hélène (The Beautiful Helen or The Fair Helen) is a French operetta in three acts by French composer Jacques Offenbach to an original French libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. ... Tales of Hoffmann (Les contes dHoffmann) is an opera by Jacques Offenbach. ... Jacques Offenbach (20 June 1819 – 5 October 1880), composer and cellist, was one of the originators of the operetta form, a precursor of the modern musical comedy. ... Jean-Philippe Rameau (September 25, 1683 - September 12, 1764) was one of the most important French composers and music theorists of the Baroque era. ... Ariadne auf Naxos (Ariadne on Naxos) is an opera by Richard Strauss with libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. ...

In late 2005 Pelly directed five opera by Offenbach in a mini-festival for the Opéra National de Lyon. In addition to a staged staged presentation of Les Contes d'Hoffmann, there were concert performances of Les Fées du Rhin, Monsieur Choufleuri restera chez lui le.., Un Petit Voyage dans la Lune, and L'Ile de Tulipatan. Increasingly, Pelly is becoming known in London, Vienna, New York, Amsterdam (for The Love for Three Oranges), Barcelona and many other houses in both Europe and the United States. Opéra National de Lyon is an opera house in Lyon which seats 1,350. ... Les contes dHoffmann (Tales of Hoffmann) is an opera by Jacques Offenbach. ... The Love for Three Oranges (Любовь к трем апельсинам in Russian, Lyubov k Tryom Apelsinam in transliteration) is an opera by Sergei Prokofiev to a libretto based on the play Lamore delle tre melarance by Carlo Gozzi. ...

Specifically, he has already directed Offenbach’s La belle Hélène for the Santa Fe Opera in 2003, which was described as "a colorful, zippy production....that included a flying bed, a shower taken onstage, and enough energy to light up Los Alamos". [1]. For the company’s 50th Anniversary season in 2006, Pelly directed Jules Massenet’s seldom staged Cinderella and he will return in 2007 with a new production of Platée. Other planned productions in 2007 include La fille du regiment for Vienna and London and La voix humaine for Lyon. The Santa Fe Opera is an opera company in Santa Fe, New Mexico. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jules (Émile Frédéric) Massenet (May 12, 1842 - August 13, 1912) was a French composer. ... Cendrillon (Cinderella) is an opera in four acts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Henri Cain. ... 2007 (MMVII) will be a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Daughter of the Regiment is a comic opera in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti. ...

As stage director, many of Pelly’s productions have been filmed and have appeared on French television. Several are available on DVDs.


  1. ^ Smith, Craig, "Cinderella: la magie before midnight", (interview with Pelly), The Santa Fe New Mexican, 14 July 2006

External links

  • Le Centre Dramatique National des Alpes - Grenoble (French)

See also

List of opera directors This List of opera directors is an inclusive register of famous drama producers and directors who have worked, or are working, in the opera world. ...



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