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. He will also return to the Salzburg Festival for a performance of Medeamaterial by Dusapin. In summer 2018 Franck conducted the premiere performances of Story Water at the Avignon Festival, conducting the Ensemble Modern in a collaboration with Emanuel Gat’s Dance company. Further performances have included 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.