Agathe Mélinand

Agathe Mélinand enjoys a successful career as director, dramaturg, and librettist in both opera and theater. Currently co-director of Théâtre National de Toulouse, her recent projects there include Tennessee Williams–Short Stories and Erik Satie–Mémoires d’un Amnésique, both of which she wrote and directed. Mélinand has created a number of new scripts, including Laurent Pelly’s acclaimed production of La Fille du Régiment (seen at San Francisco Opera in 2009), new versions of Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne (Lyon Opera) and Les Contes d’Hoffmann (seen in Lausanne and Barcelona), and La Belle Hélène at the Paris Théâtre du Châtelet. Other adaptations include Chabrier’s Le Roi Malgré Lui (in Lyon and Paris); La Périchole (Marseille Opera); La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein (Théâtre du Châtelet); Orphée aux Enfers (in Geneva and Lyon); an Offenbach triple bill in Lyon; and a new version of Le Chanteur de Mexico (Théâtre du Châtelet). Her dramaturgy work includes Rameau’s Platée, Ariadne auf Naxos, L’Elisir d’Amore, L'Heure Espagnole, Gianni Schicchi, and Giulio Cesare for Paris Opera; Rameau’s Les Boréades (Lyon and Zurich); Hänsel und Gretel for the Glyndebourne Festival; and Mozart’s La Finta Semplice for Theater an der Wien. Current projects include Manon, a co-production between the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Metropolitan Opera; Milan’s La Scala; and Toulouse Opera, and later this year she directs a concert performance and recording of Offenbach’s Fantasio with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, for Opera Rara.