Franck Ollu continues his wonderful artistic partnership with La Monnaie, returning for the seventh time, to conduct the world premiere of Penthesilea. Written by the distinguished French composer Pascal Dusapin, it tells the dramatic tale of the Amazon Penthesilea’s doomed love for Achilles. Performances take place 31 March, 2, 4, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16 and 18 April 2015. Messrs Ollu and Dusapin are old friends and long-term collaborators: Mr Ollu conducted the premiere of Mr Dusapin’s last opera Passion at Festival Aix-en-Provence and again at La Monnaie in 2009. This is sure to be a gripping night of theatre and follows on from Mr Ollu’s very successful Jakob Lenz which La Monnaie has just presented. Wishing them both a great success!