A frequent guest with the world’s great opera companies, Yves Abel has conducted performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; La Scala, Milan; the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Lyric Opera of Chicago; San Francisco Opera; Seattle Opera; Glyndebourne Festival; Bayerische Staatsoper; Opéra National de Paris; Netherlands Opera; Grand Théatre de Génève; Teatro San Carlo, Naples; Teatro Communale Bologna; New National Theatre, Tokyo; Welsh National Opera and Opera North. He has conducted new productions in Munich (‘I Capuleti e i Montecchi’), Geneva (‘Les Vêpres Siciliennes’), Barcelona (‘Madama Butterfly’), Bilbao (‘Norma’), Toulouse (Lalo’s ‘Le Roi d’Ys’ and ‘Les contes d'Hoffmann’), Lisbon (‘Il turco in Italia’), Naples (Gounod’s ‘Faust’), Dallas (‘Ermione’), Seattle (‘Il Trovatore’ and Heggie’s ‘The End of Affair’) and Santa Fe (‘Così fan tutte’), and at the festivals of Monte Carlo, Pesaro, Gstaad and Caramoor.
As Principal Guest Conductor of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin from 2005 to 2011, he conducted new productions of ‘Don Pasquale’, ‘Simon Boccanegra’, ‘Tiefland’ and ‘Carmen’, as well as performances of ‘Le nozze di Figaro’, ‘La traviata’, ‘Dialogues des Carmélites’, ‘La bohème’ and ‘Carmina Burana’.
He is a regular guest at the Vienna Staatsoper where his repertoire includes a new production of ‘La fille du Régiment’ with Dessay and Florez, ‘L’Elisir d’amore’, ‘Carmen’, ‘Madama Butterfly’, ‘Simon Boccanegra’, ‘Un ballo in Maschera’, and ‘L'italiana in Algeri’.
Future plans include returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Vienna Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris, New National Theatre Tokyo, Bilbao Opera with a new production of Giovanna d'Arco, and debuts with San Diego Opera and Opera de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
On the orchestral platform he has recently had debuts with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Dublin, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Orchèstre du Capitole de Toulouse and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted the Netherlands Philharmonic; San Francisco Symphony; Orchèstre National de Lyon; Orchestra of St. Luke's, New York; the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the orchestras of Toronto, Montreal, Genoa, Naples and Palermo.
Future concert engagements include debuts with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra at the Tivoli Festival and with the Toscanini orchestra in Parma, and returns to the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, the Haydn Orchestra in Bolzano, and the Deutsche Oper Berlin in concert.
A Franco-Canadian, he has a particular affinity with the French repertoire and has won significant critical acclaim for his achievements as founder and Music Director of L'Opéra Francais de New York, with whom he has regenerated rare French operas and performed the world premiere of Dusapin’s ‘To be Sung’. Since 1994, the company has performed regularly to capacity audiences at the Lincoln Center.
In 2009 he was awarded the title Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.
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