Fabrice Bollon


Fabrice Bollon is a highly versatile conductor, internationally acclaimed both in the field of opera and within the symphonic range. Bollon, born 1965 in Paris, dedicates a certain amount of his directing for performances of contemporary compositions and has conducted a large number of premieres including works by Emmanuel Nunes and Mauricio Kagel. After studying conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Michael Gielen, he had his début at the Salzburg Festival with the opera Satyricon by Bruno Maderna.

From 1994 to 1998, Fabrice Bollon worked as Principal Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, with which he undertook numerous concert tours, CD, and broadcast productions. He then held the position of Deputy Music Director of the Opera Chemnitz from 1998 to 2003. Guest appearances led him to the Operas of Tel Aviv, Krakow, Lucerne, Amsterdam and to the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin and repeatedly to famous orchestras all over Europe.

In 2002 Fabrice Bollon conducted the German première of the opera Pénélope by Gabriel Fauré and the world première of the opera Labyrinth by Peter von Winter, for which Schikaneder wrote the libretto The Magic Flute Part II, performed for the first time in 175 years. The score was edited, shortened and supplemented with articulation and dynamic indications for the orchestra by Fabrice Bollon.

Selected highlights of recent seasons include re-invitations to the MDR, SWR Freiburg, SWR Stuttgart, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Berner Sinfonieorchester, Opera Maastricht with Barber of Seville, NJP Japan, SR-Saarbrücken and concerts in Amsterdam with the Holland Sinfonia and the Brabants Orkest.

Fabrice Bollon is music director of the Theatre Freiburg where he has performed the whole of Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” alongside numerous orchestral concerts. Fabrice Bollon has also recently composed a work for turntables and orchestra for the MDR Leipzig.

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