2016–17 Season: Director of Don Pasquale
Laurent Pelly is one of France’s most sought-after directors of both theater and opera. His debut at San Francisco Opera was in 2009 with his highly acclaimed production of La Fille du Régiment (co-produced with the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden). New opera productions in 2015-16 included Offenbach’s Le Roi Carotte (Opéra de Lyon,) Gounod’s Le médecin malgré lui (Grand Théâtre de Genève) and Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict (Glyndebourne Festival), in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Recent work includes Chabrier’s L’étoile, Prokofiev’s Love for Three Oranges (De Nationale Opera), Don Pasquale (Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu) and Rossini’s Le Comte Ory (Opéra de Lyon, Teatro alla Scala, Milan). Other recent titles include Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortilèges and L'heure espagnole for the Glyndebourne and Saito Kinen Festivals – winner of the 2014 Best Opera Recording Gramophone Award. This double bill can also be seen at Teatro alla Scala Milan during the 2015-16 season, which also sees revivals of his hugely-successful productions of Platée and L’elisir d’amore (Opéra National de Paris).