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Co-Director, Théâtre National de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées
Agathe Mélinand enjoys a successful career as director, dramaturg and librettist, in both opera and the theatre. She has been responsible for the production of new dialogues from the original language in French, Italian and English for operas including Donizetti’s La fille du regiment and Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne. A regular collaborator with director Laurent Pelly, recent work includes Les contes d’Hoffmann in Barcelona and San Francisco, La fille du regiment for Opéra national de Paris and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Massenet’s Manon (Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera New York, Teatro alla Scala Milan and Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse), and projects this season include a collaboration with Opera Rara on a series of Offenbach recordings and concert performances.
05 Mar 2014
Laurent Pelly’s acclaimed production of Donizetti’s comic opera La fille du régiment is currently being revived at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden by stage director Christian Räth. This...
13 Dec 2013
Fantasio, considered one of Offenbach’s most beautiful and refined works, has been given a new lease of life by Opera Rara. Agathe Mélinand directs the dialogue of a brand new performing...
24 Oct 2013
This worldwide acclaimed production from director Laurent Pelly first took to the stage in 2007 with updated dialogues by Agathe Mélinand. Stage director Christian Räth returns to Vienna...
30 Sep 2013
Following the highly acclaimed co-productions at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala Milan and the Metropolitan Opera New York, Théâtre du Capitol now plays host to Massanet’s...
05 Jun 2013
Following a highly successful run at Teatro del Liceu Barcelona earlier this year, Laurent Pelly’s acclaimed production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann opens this week in San Francisco. ...
31 Jan 2013
Offenbach’s masterpiece of French Romanticism blends fantasy, the supernatural and emotion in a trio of tales through which Hoffmann, the narrator and protagonist, describes to his drinking...
12 Jan 2011
Hartmut Haenchen will conduct a new production of Parsifal, directed by Romeo Castellucci at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels. American tenor Andrew...
03 Nov 2010
At Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, four ICA artists join forces in an exciting new production of Kurt Weill’s political-satirical opera The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Directed...
02 Jul 2010
Laurent Pelly (in collaboration with Dramaturg Agathe Mélinand) directs an eagerly-awaited new production of Massenet’s Manon at the Royal Opera House. In The Telegraph, one of several reviews to...
San Francisco Classical Voice (Les Contes d'Hoffmann, San Francisco Opera) - Jun 2013
The Bay Area Reporter (Les Contes d' Hoffmann, San Francisco Opera) - Jun 2013
Bloomberg News (La Fille du Regiment (Donizetti))
concertonet.com (Orphée aux Enfers (Offenbach))
San Francisco Sentinel (La Fille du Regiment, San Francisco) - Oct 2009
La Fille du Regiment, The Royal Opera House - May 2010
Financial Times (La vie parisienne, Opéra de Lyon) - Dec 2007
Agathe Mélinand enjoys a successful career as director, dramaturg and librettist, in both opera and the theatre. She is currently Co-Director of Théâtre National de Toulouse. From 1997-2007 she was Deputy Artistic Director and Director of Communication of the Centre Dramatique National des Alpes (CDNA) in Grenoble and prior to that (1989–1994) Co-director of theatre company Le Pélican. Recent highlights in Toulouse have included Carlo Goldini’s Le Menteur, for which she wrote a new translation from the original Italian, a staged recital of songs by Michel Legrand featuring Natalie Dessay, Monsieur le Six, Les Aventures de Sinbad le Marin (with Laurent Pelly) , Tennessee Williams – Short Stories and, most recently, Erik Satie - Mémoires d’un Amnésique, both of which she created and directed to great acclaim, and which will be revived 2014 at TGP – Saint Denis, Théâtre de Sartrouville and TNT.
In the opera house Agathe works as both librettist and dramaturg and has been responsible for the production of new dialogues from the original language in French, Italian and English. Recent work has included the writing of new dialogues for Laurent Pelly’s acclaimed production of Donzietti’s La fille du régiment (co-production Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Vienna State Opera), and new versions of Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne (Opéra de Lyon) and Les contes d’Hoffmann (Lausanne Opera – also performed in 2013 in San Francisco, Barcelona and Lyon). She also produced a new adaptation of the dialogues for the Théâtre du Châtelet’s highly-successful productions of La belle Hélène, as well as a new translation of these for Santa Fe Opera.
In addition she has written a new version of Chabrier’s Le roi malgré lui for Opéra de Lyon, which enjoyed revivals in Lyon and at l’Opéra Comique in Paris. Other adaptations include La Périchole (Marseille Opera), La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein for the Minkowski-Pelly production at Théâtre du Châtelet (to be recreated in Geneva in 2014), Orphée aux enfers (Geneva Opera and Opéra de Lyon) and an Offenbach triple bill, also for Opéra de Lyon. She also established a new version of Le Chanteur de Mexico libretto for Théâtre du Châtelet.
Current projects include Massenet’s Manon, a co-production between the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera New York, Teatro all Scala Milan and Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, as well as revivals of Les contes d’Hoffmann for San Francisco Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona and Opéra de Lyon (which will tour to Japan in 2014) , revivals of La fille du régiment in Paris and Madrid, and two projects with Sir Mark Elder and Opera Rara – Offenbach’s Fantasio and Gounod’s La Colombe.
Other productions on which Agathe has worked as dramaturg (usually in collaboration with Laurent Pelly) include Rameau’s Platée, Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and a double-bill of Ravel’s L'heure espagnole and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi for the L’Opéra national de Paris; Rameau’s Les Boréades (Lyon and Zurich); Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel for Glyndebourne Festival Opera , Mozart’s La finta semplice for Theater an der Wien and Handel’s Giulio Cesare for L’Opéra national de Paris.
Natalie Dessay, Lawrence Zazzo, Isabel Leonard, Varduhi Abrahamya, Christophe Dumaux, Nathan Berg, Dominique Visse, Aimery Lefèvre
Chœur de l'Opéra national de Paris
Le Concert d'Astrée
Emmanuelle Haïm (Conductor)
Laurent Pelly (Director & Costume Design)
DVD Release on Virgin Classics, 2012
Jennifer Holloway, Adriana Kucerova, Irmgard Vilsmaier, Klaus Kuttler, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Amy Freston and Malin Christensson
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Kazushi Ono (conductor)
Laurent Pelly (Director)
DVD released on Decca, 2008
Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego , Felicity Palmer, Alessandro Corbelli and Dawn French
Ochestra of the Royal Opera
Bruno Campanella (Conductor)
Laurent Pelly (Director)
DVD released on Virgin Classics, 2007
Dame Felicity Lott, Yann Beuron, Michel Senechal, Laurent Naouri
Marc Minkowski (Conductor)
Les Musiciens du Louvre
Chorus of the Musiciens du Louvre
Laurent Pelly (Director)
DVD released on Arthaus Musik, December 2001
Paul Agnew, Mireille Delunsch, Yann Beuron, Laurent Naouri
Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble
Marc Minkowski (Conductor)
DVD released on TDK, 2004