Emmanuel Villaume

Music Director, The Dallas Opera
Music Director and Chief Conductor, Prague Philharmonia



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French-born conductor Emmanuel Villaume has led captivating performances with the most prominent opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world. Emmanuel continues his tenure this season as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Prague Philharmonia (a position he has held since 2015) in addition to entering his seventh season as Music Director of The Dallas Opera. Emmanuel served as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra (2009-2016), Chief Conductor of the National Slovenian Philharmonic (2009-2016),  and Music Director of the prestigious Spoleto Festival, USA (2001 to 2010).

A frequent collaborator with major international opera houses, Emmanuel leads performances at The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Santa Fe Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Liceu Barcelona, Montreal Opera, Teatro Colón, Opéra de Paris, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Cologne Opera, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro Regio di Torino and Teatro Real Madrid.

Also leading a distinguished career on the international symphonic platform, Emmanuel collaborates with esteemed ensembles such as Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Danish National Symphony Orchestra,  Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and NHK Tokyo.



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    13 Jan 20 La Boheme Royal Opera House
    Covent Garden

    “Conductor Emmanuel Villaume brings drive and intensity to Richard Jones’s detailed but inconsistent production of Puccini’s brilliantly written opera 
    […] But La Bohème is also a conductor’s opera, as Toscanini, who conducted the 1896 premiere, proved for the ages in an electrifying 50th-anniversary recording. In the pit, Emmanuel Villaume is in many ways the star of this revival. He brings the drive and intensity that the opera requires while paying full attention to the care and originality of Puccini’s scoring.”
    The Guardian

    “All benefit from Emmanuel Villaume’s creditable conducting, well paced and with a care for balancing the orchestra that gives it distinction.”
    Financial Times

    “The conductor, at least for three quarters of this run, is the Frenchman Emmanuel Villaume, who keeps a very tidy ensemble and whips up some intense playing, particularly from the strings.”
    The Times