Franck Ollu


Franck Ollu is a versatile conductor, widely acknowledged as an expert in the field of contemporary and French music. During the 2017/18 season he will conduct the world premiere of A Wintery Spring by Saed Haddard, with a libretto based on poems by Khalil Gibran. This is a co-commission by Oper Frankfurt and the Ensemble Modern and will be presented alongside the baroque cantata The Bronze Snake by Jan Dismas Zelenka. This season he will also conduct a revival of Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg (Lille and Rennes) and a double bill of Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero and Rihm’s Das Gehege (La Monnaie and Stuggart).

Last season, Franck made his debut at Basel Opera (Xenakis’ The Oresteia) and the Bolshoi Opera (Benjamin’s Written on Skin). He also returned to Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin (Rihm’s Jakob Lenz). Other recent opera productions have included performances at the Netherlands Opera and Théâtre des Champs Elysées (Paris).

Franck has been invited to conduct the world premiere performances of many important opera titles, including Bianchi’s Thanks to My Eyes, (Festival Aix-en-Provence), Dusapin’s Penthésiléa (La Monnaie) and Passion (Festival Aix-en-Provence). He conducted the first performance of Benjamin’s first opera Into the Little Hill at Opéra Bastille in 2006.

His particularly close relationship with Ensemble Modern has led to numerous opera performances, including at the Salzburg Festival and of Heiner Goebbels’ Landschaft mit entfernen Verwanten at the Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt. They have also collaborated in orchestral repertoire, including at the Venice Biennale. Franck recently made his debut with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin and Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestras.