Biography

I owe the key opportunities that lead me to do this job to a few key people who took the chance to trust me and especially :  

Pierre-François Heuclin

Elsa Rooke

Hervé Van der Meulen

Jean-Louis Martin Barbaz

Bertrand Schaaf

Robert Carsen

Jean Luc Choplin

Peter de Caluwe

British and French, Olivier Fredj studied British Literature, drama and music at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in the Netherlands.

 

Starting off as a coordinator of educational and social projects in several cities around Europe and South Africa, he then worked as a cultural journalist before attending the Studio Théâtre d’Asnières.

 

He then worked as a Stage Manager with Adrian Noble, John Eliott Gardiner, Jonathan Kent/William Christie at Opéra Comique, Théâtre de Caen, BAM or  Théâtre des Champs Elysées….

 

In 2010, begins his collaboration with Robert Carsen and the Théâtre du Châtelet, with My Fair Lady which he revives at the Mariinski Theatre in St Petersbourg  and in 2015 with Singin’ In the Rain.  At the Châtelet, he assists Lee Blakeley for Sweeney Todd and revives The Sound of Music (by Emilio Sagi).

 

at the Festival d’Aix en Provence Robert Carsen offers him to work on Rigoletto that he revives in Geneva and at the Bolchoï theatre in Moscow. In Aix he first collaborates with Simon McBurney on his Magic Flute.

 

In 2015, he directs Il Re Pastore by  W.A Mozart at the Théâtre du Châtelet.

This season, he directed Macbeth by Verdi at the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels and at Teatr Wileki in Poznan, Poland and will stage the inauguration of a new theatre « La Seine Musicale » in Paris. 

British and French, Olivier Fredj studied British Literature, drama and music at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in the Netherlands.

 

Starting off as a coordinator of educational and social projects in several cities around Europe and South Africa, he then worked as a cultural journalist before attending the Studio Théâtre d’Asnières.

 

He then worked as a Stage Manager with Adrian Noble, John Eliott Gardiner, Jonathan Kent/William Christie at Opéra Comique, Théâtre de Caen, BAM or  Théâtre des Champs Elysées….

 

In 2010, begins his collaboration with Robert Carsen and the Théâtre du Châtelet, with My Fair Lady which he revives at the Mariinski Theatre in St Petersbourg  and in 2015 with Singin’ In the Rain.  At the Châtelet, he assists Lee Blakeley for Sweeney Todd and revives The Sound of Music (by Emilio Sagi).

 

at the Festival d’Aix en Provence Robert Carsen offers him to work on Rigoletto that he revives in Geneva and at the Bolchoï theatre in Moscow. In Aix he first collaborates with Simon McBurney on his Magic Flute.

 

In 2015, he directs Il Re Pastore by  W.A Mozart at the Théâtre du Châtelet.

in 2016, he directed Macbeth by Verdi at the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels and at Teatr Wileki in Poznan, Poland.

In April 2017, he signs the opening Gala of la Seine Musicale in Paris and writes and stages  in 2018 Funeral Blues, the Missing Cabaret (Auden/Britten), revived in 2019 at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord.

 

In 2018-19, at the Théâtre Marigny,  he directs « Bonsoir » by and with former culture minister Frédéric Mitterrand, sings the Prince in Peau d’âne. He directs the semi-staged version of Der Freischütz at Theater an der Wien, Barbican and Bozar for Insula Orchestra. 

He conceives and directs Watch, Voyages Divers, for orchestre de Chambre de Paris, with pianist Shani Diluka and DJ Matias Aguayo, at the MC93. A social projects with inmates from Prison de Meaux and co-written with homeless shelter residents, elderly people and chronicle diseases patients. 

In 2020_21, after directing Le Voyage dans la Lune by Jacques Offenbach at Opéra de Montpellier, he conceives and directs for La Monnaie in Bruxelles, "The Queen and her favourite"  and "The King and his favourite", two concerts for one spectator streamed live on bel canto pieces by Rossini and Donizetti.

Finally, he directs Tosca by Puccini at Opéra de Lille.

 

projects  : Le Voyage dans la Lune in Marseille, Nice, Limoges, Clermont-Ferrand, Vichy, Compiègne...

and Bastarda, from G.Donizetti, an opera-séries in two evenings on the life of Elizabeth I at La Monnaie-De Munt.

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