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Olivier Fredj ©Julien Benhamou

Olivier Fredj takes a wide variety of paths that will eventually lead him to opera, after having been coordinator of educational and social missions in Europe and South Africa, then cultural journalist.

He then joined the Studio Théâtre then the Opéra-Comique as general manager, notably with William Christie, Adrian Noble and John Eliott Gardiner.

In 2010 begins his collaboration with Robert Carsen with  My Fair Lady  which he performs for the Mariinski and the Lyric Opera in Chicago. He will assist him on Verdi's Rigoletto in 2013 at the Festival d'Aix en Provence and for his covers at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva and at the Bolshoi in Moscow.

At the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, he will also assist Simon McBurney for Die Zauberflöte in 2014 which he resumes in July 2018. Finally, he assists Robert Carsen and performs the covers of Singin 'in the Rain at the Théâtre du Châtelet, at the Grand Palais and Chicago in June 2021.

Still at the Châtelet, he assists Lee Blakeley for  Sweeney Todd , reassembled the production of The Sound of Music and collaborated with Fanny Ardant to direct Passion by S. Sondheim in 2016.

In 2015, he signed his first opera staging with  Il Re Pastore  by Mozart at the Théâtre du Châtelet. Then in 2016, creates Macbeth  by Verdi at the Royal Opera of La Monnaie in Brussels and at the Teatr Wielki in Poznan.

In April 2017, he signed the Opening Gala of the Seine Musicale  and staged in 2018  Funeral Blues, the Missing Cabaret (Auden / Britten), which he took over in 2019 at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord.


In 2018-19, at the Théâtre Marigny,  he puts on a show "  Good evening  »By and with Frédéric Mitterrand, performer Le Prince in  Donkey skin . He  puts in space  Der Freischütz  at the Theater an der Wien for Insula Orchestra.  

He designs and directs Watch , Voyages Divers , for the Paris Chamber Orchestra, with Shani Diluka and Matias Aguayo, a participatory project carried out with the Pitié Salpétrière hospital, the Meaux prison center, the Samu Social de Paris and the Hector Berlioz nursing home, as well as the Maison de la Poésie and the MC93.

In 2020_21, after  The journey to the moon  by Jacques Offenbach for the Opéra de Montpellier, he designs and produces for La Monnaie in Brussels, The Queen and her favorite  and The King and his favorite, two concerts for one spectator broadcast live on bel canto works by Rossini and Donizetti.

Finally, he directed Puccini's Tosca at the Lille Opera.


In project: The Voyage in the Moon in Marseille, Nice, Limoges, Clermont-Ferrand, Vichy, Compiègne ...

And  Bastarda , after G. Donizetti, an opera-series in two evenings around the character of Elisabeth I for La Monnaie-De Munt.

Olivier Fredj Châtelet ©SebLeban

I mainly owe the opportunities that led me to exercise this profession to a few key people, who took the risk of trusting me and particularly to:

Pierre-Francois Heuclin

Elsa Rooke

Herve Van der Meulen

Jean-Louis Martin Barbaz

Bertrand schaaf

Robert Carsen

Jean Luc Choplin

Peter from Caluwe

Metteur en scène ©Sebastien Leban


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