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Àlex Ollé was born in Barcelona and is one of the six artistic directors of the prestigious Catalan company La Fura dels Baus, founded in 1979. Some of its many productions include Accions (1983), Suz o Suz (1985), Tier Mon (1988), Noun (1990) and M:T:M (1994). Together with Carlus Padrissa, Àlex Ollé conceived, developed and directed the opening ceremony for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. He has directed numerous stage productions include Faust 3.0 (1998) a work based on the Goethe tragedy, XXX (2004) inspired by the Marquis de Sade’s Philosophy in the Bedroom (in collaboration with Carlus Padrissa) Kafka’s Metamorfosis and a production of Boris Godunov based around the hostage crisis at the Dubrovka Theatre in Moscow in 2002. In 2010, he directed Samuel Beckett’s First Love at the Greek Festival in Barcelona. He also directed the film project, Fausto 5.0, in collaboration with Carlus Padrissa and Isidro Ortiz (which won the Melies d’Or for best European film in 2003). Àlex Ollé made his opera debut with Carlus Padrissa directing Falla’s Atlántida. He then went on to direct Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien and La Damnation de Faust at the 1999 Salzburg Festival, Joaquin Turina’s D.Q., Don Quijote in Barcelona at the Liceu in Barcelona in 2000, Die Zauberflöte at the RuhrTriennale in 2004 (and then at the Paris Opera), Bluebeard’s Castle / The Diary of One Who Disappeared at the Paris Opera, Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (in collaboration with Valentina Carrasco) at La Monnaie in Brussels in 2009, and Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (in collaboration with Carlus Padrissa) at the Teatro Real de Madrid in 2010. More recently, he directed Luca Francesconi’s Quartett at Milan’s La Scala, The Prisoner / Erwartung and 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, Der Fliegende Holländer at the Lyon Opera, Madame Butterfly at the Rome Opera, Pelléas et Mélisande in Dresden, Œdipe and Norma at the Royal Opera House in London, La Bohème at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Alceste and The Soldier’s Tale at the Lyon Opera, Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher and La Damoiselle élue at the Frankfurt Opera, Faust at the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, Mefistofele at the Lyon Opera and the Stuttgart Opera, and Turandot at the New National Theatre in Tokyo. During the 2019-2020 season, he directed new productions of Manon Lescaut at the Frankfurt Opera and Montemezzi’s L’Amore dei tre re at Milan’s La Scala.
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