Conductors

Franck Ollu

Introduction

Franck Ollu is a versatile conductor, widely acknowledged as an expert in the field of contemporary and French music. During the 2018/19 season he will conduct revivals of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande at Strasbourg Opera and Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg in Caen. In summer 2018 he conducted at the Salzburg Festival and also the premiere performances of Story Water at the Avignon Festival, conducting the Ensemble Modern. The latter is a collaboration with Emanuel Gat’s Dance company and further performances include Paris, Bonn and Antwerp.

Last season Franck conducted the world premiere of A Wintery Spring by Saed Haddad, with a libretto based on poems by Khalil Gibran. He also conducted a double bill of Dallapiccola’s Il prigioniero and Rihm’s Das Gehege (La Monnaie and Stuttgart). Other opera productions have included performances at the Bolshoi Opera, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Netherlands Opera, Théâtre des Champs Elysées (Paris) and Théâtre du Capitole (Toulouse).

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.

Franck has a particularly close relationship with Ensemble Modern in both operatic and orchestral projects. He has also conducted the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin and Frankfurt Radio, BBC and Danish National Symphony Orchestras. World premiere performances of works for orchestra or ensemble have included compositions by Brian Ferneyhough, Peter Eötvös and Wolfgang Rihm.


Contact



Performance Schedule

Press

 
  • More info  
    31 Mar 17 "The Oresteia"
    Basel Opera

    “Bewundernswert, wie umsichtig und cool der Dirigent Franck Ollu agiert, der ohne direkten Blickkontakt zu Protagonisten und Chor mit dem Rücken zum Geschehen, das er lenkt, auf der Bühne steht.”
    Frankfurter Allgemeine

  • More info  
    26 Jan 16 Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

    “Am Pult steht diesmal im Großen Saal des RBB, der Franzose Franck Ollu, ein inspirierender Dirigent der Moderne aus der Schule von Boulez und Eötvös, auf den die Musiker sich verlassen können. Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.”

    Der Tagesspiegel

  • More info  
    29 Sep 15 Pascal Dusapin Penthésiléa
    Opera du Rhin

    “Cet art-là ne cherche pas à imiter l’horreur, et l’effroi naît bien plutôt d’une tension qui se passe de hurlements. Spécialiste du répertoire contemporain, Franck Ollu s’empare de la partition avec la subtilité qui convient, et conduit sans esbroufe l’Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg jusqu’au bout de ce voyage ténébreux”.

    Forum Opera France

  • More info  
    25 Jul 15 Pierre Boulez, Johannes Schöllhorn, Shiori Usui, Jolas. Derive 2
    BBC Proms, Cadogan Hall

    “…given with consummate expertise by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and conductor Franck Ollu, ended with the teeming, furiously tangled ensemble writing of Boulez’s most substantial recent work, Dérive 2, which reached its current 45-minute form six years ago”.

    The Guardian, London