IntroductionA 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, d’Albert’s 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 frequent guest at the Vienna Staatsoper where his repertoire includes La fille du Régiment, L’Elisir d’amore, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Simon Boccanegra, Un ballo in Maschera, and L'italiana in Algeri.
From January 2015 he will be the Chief Conductor Designate of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie; he is also a regular guest with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, and the Haydn Orchestra. He has performed with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra at the Tivoli Festival, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Dublin, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Orchèstre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini in Parma. He has also conducted the Netherlands Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Orchèstre National de Lyon, Orchestra of St. Luke's New York, the Royal Liverpool, and the orchestras of Toronto, Montreal, Genoa, Naples, Bolzano, and Palermo.
This season includes a new production of Giovanna d'Arco at Bilbao Opera, La Fille du Régiment at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and in Seattle; a new production of Pagliacci at San Diego Opera. He returns to the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Oviedo Opera, and Opera de Paris. On the concert platform he returns to Bolzano for concerts with the Haydn Orchestra and will give performances with the Bochum Symphoniker, the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra with Joseph Calleja and will make his debut with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra.
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 also performed the world premiere of Dusapin’s To be Sung. Since 1994, the company has performed regularly to capacity audiences at the Lincoln Center.
His recordings include Thaïs with Renée Fleming and Werther with Andrea Bocelli (Decca), Madama Butterfly with the Philharmonia Orchestra (Chandos), and two discs of French arias, one with Susan Graham and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Erato) and the other with Patricia Petibon and the Orchestra of the Opera National de Lyon (Decca). His most recent recording, ‘Romantique’, is a disc of romantic arias with Elīna Garanča on Deutsche Grammophon.
In 2009 he was awarded the title Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.
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