Carlus Padrissa (Balsareny, 1959) is one of the six artistic directors of La Fura dels Baus, one of the most innovative and prestigious theatre companies of the spanish scenic panorama. The theatre companie was founded in 1979 and is characterized since its inception by the search for their own language, in which the participation of the audience is the key for the development of the espectacle.From the early times, there are highlights such as Accions (1984), Suz/O/Suz (1985), Tier Mon (1988), Noun (1990) and MTM (1994), which consolidated La Fura dels Baus as a group of worship for the critics and the public. He was driving forcé to include the participation of La Fura dels Baus in the opening ceremony of the 1992’ Barcelona Olympic Games. He and Àlex Ollé directed in collaboration with Hansel Cereza, Jordi Arús, Miquel Badosa and Pera Tantiñá: Mar Mediterrani, Mar Olímpic with music the symphonic music composed and conducted by Ricky Sakamoto, a show that shocked and fascinated millions of viewers around the world.
Carlus Padrissa's early works in the field of Opera and in collaboration with Àlex Ollé and the plastic artist Jaume Plensa was La Atlántida (1996), by Manuel de Falla and Le martyre de Saint Sébastien (1997), by Debussy. La Damnation de Faust, by Hector Berlioz, in 1999 at the Salzburg Festival; The magic flute (2003), in the Ruhr Biennale; Le Château de Barbe-Bleue (2007), by Bartók, and Diary of a Missing Person (2007), by Janacek, coproduced by the Opera Garnier in Paris and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
One of its projects of large dimensions was the artistic direction of the ship Naumon, (2003) an old barge of 60 meters in length and 1100 tonnes of weight converted into a modern floating cultural center, that sailed over 40,000 miles from the Atlantic Ocean via the Mediterranean till reach the China Seas. In its cellars he premiered Orfeo (2007) by Monteverdi at the 400th anniversary of the first opera of repertoire.
His great capacity for the stage direction has enabled him a special relationship with the Wagner’s operas and with the Indian Conductor Zubin Mehta. With him has directed the tetralogy the Ring of the Nibelung by Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold, Valküre (2007) and Siegfried (2008) all premiered at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Gotterdamerung (2009), at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, and in 2010, Tannhauser at the Scalla di Milano. In december 2011, with Zubin Metha, premiered Turandot by Puccini at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. In 2008 he directed Michael Reise um die Erde by Stockhausen produced by the Vienna’S Festival of spring , the Opera of Koln, the Biennale of Venice and the Paris Autumn festival. In the San Sebastian Musical Fortnight premiered Carmina Burana (2009), at the Palau de les Arts of Valencia and the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg, under the musical direction of Valery Gergiev premiered Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz. At the same Palau premiered the Roman trilogy (2011) by Ottorino Respighi. The same year he presents Orfeo ed Euridice, by Gluck for the 25 festival of Peralada.
Regarding the creation and direction of large scale shows he was the outstanding director of the mass celebrations of the bicentennial of Madrid may 2nd, with the large scale shoe: Los Fusilamientos by Goya (2008), Global Rheingold, which was attended by half a million people, the large scale shoe for the opening of the European Capital of Culture Ruhr 2010, in Duisburg (Germany), or the also Bicentennial of Uruguay (2011). Commissioned by Shanghai 2010, with Àlex Ollé, they premiered Window of the City, created to be performed daily during the universal exhibition.
With Alex Ollé, directed the opera “Rise and fall of the city of Mahagonny” (2010) by Kurt Weill in the Teatro Royal in Madrid. This opera was performed also at the Bolshoi in Moscow and at the Mégaron, Athens and “Aida” produced by Arena di Verona.
He directed, with alex Ollé DQ. Don Quijote en Barcelona (2000) by José Luis Turina, produced by the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona.. He has also directed Auf den Marmolkippen (2002) by Giorgio Battistelli, produced by the Opera of Manheim, Stockhausen’s Sonntag auf Licht (2011) produced by the Opera of Kolnn, Babylon (2012) produced by the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Parsifal (2013) produced by Opera of Kolnn and Sanson y Dalila (2013) produced by Opera di Roma, among others.