Àlex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus)
Àlex Ollé, who was born in Catalonia, is one of six artistic leaders of the theatre collective La Fura dels Baus, which was founded in 1979 in Barcelona and quickly established itself in the international worlds of drama and opera. Many of their opera productions have been seen all over the world at leading theatres and festivals since the 1990s, including Campra's Idoménée at Opéra de Lille and L'amore dei tre re at La Scala Milan. His own productions have included Turandot at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Mefistofele at the Opéra de Lyon and Staatsoper in Stuttgart, Berlioz' La damnation de Faust at the Salzburg Festival, the world premiere of Frankenstein and Le Grand Macabre at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Faust in Madrid and Amsterdam, Francesconi's Quartet, after Heiner Müller, at La Scala Milan, Il trovatore at the Opéra National de Paris, Un ballo in maschera and Madama Butterfly in Australia and Enescu's Oedipe and Norma at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London. He and Carlus Padrissa have staged many important events, including the opening ceremony of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, the 2001 Biennale in Valencia and 2010 Expo in Shanghai. He also developed his own thoughts on Goethe's Faust in a film. Now he is back at Oper Frankfurt, where his first production, a double bill of Debussy's La damoiselle élue & Honegger's Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher is being revived this season, for this new production of Manon Lescaut.