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Àlex Ollé

Highly acclaimed Catalan stage director Àlex Ollé from La Fura dels Baus creates our Rusalka spring 2023

Àlex Ollé is one of the six artistic directors of the prestigious company La Fura dels Baus, founded in 1979. Together with Carlus Padrissa, Àlex Ollé conceived, developed and directed the opening ceremony for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

He has directed numerous of opera and theatre productions, among them Tristan und Isolde at the Lyon Opera, Un ballo in maschera at the Sydney Opera and La Monnaie in Brussels, Aida at the Verona Arena, Il Trovatore at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and the Paris Opera, Gounod’s Faust at the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam – and Turandot at the New National Theatre in Tokyo. His Le grand macabre by Ligeti was also staged at the Norwegian Opera & Ballett in 2013, in addition to several other opera houses.

Autumn 2016 he opened the season at The Royal Opera House in London with Vincenzo Bellini‘s Norma, a show that was broadcast live in 100 European cinemas.

Spring 2019, the opera  Frankenstein had its world premiere at La Monnaie in Brussels, with music by Marc Gray, based on an original idea of Àlex Ollé inspired by the Mary Shelley's novel. For Frankenstein Ollé had the same three in his creative team as for the upcoming Rusalka in Bergen: Alfons Flores (set designer), Lluc Castells (costume designer) and Urs Schönebaum (lighting designer).

Spring 2021 he directed the opera Arianne et Barbe-Bleue by Paul Dukas at the Opera de Lyon, in co-production with the Teatro Real in Madrid. The same summer he premiered Bizet's Carmen at the New National Theater in Tokyo.

His Idomenée by André Campla premiered at the Opéra de Lille autumn 2021 in co-production with the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm.

April this year (2023) Ollé directs Tristan und Isolde in Valencia, and this autumn his version of the now seldom performed opera L'amore dei tre rei (The Love of the three kings) by Italo Montemezzi premieres at La Scala in Milan.

Updated March 2023