Emmanuel Villaume is a French-born conductor who has led captivating performances with the most prominent opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world. Recently announced as the new Music Director of the Dallas Opera (TDO), maestro Villaume opens their season with the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production of Carmen. Villaume’s 2013-2014 season includes much-anticipated performances of Manon at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, L’Africaine at the Teatro La Fenice and Cendrillon at the Juilliard Orchestra in New York City. He will be conducting a concert at the Royal Opera House in Muscat in March 2014, and returns throughout the season to conduct performances for the Slovakian Philharmonic Orchestra in Bratislava and the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra in Ljubljana. Maestro Villaume served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the National Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008 to 2013, and he continues his role this season as Principal Conductor of the Slovakian Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he has held since 2009.
A frequent collaborator with major opera houses in the United States, in the 2012-2013 season Emmanuel Villaume conducted La Bohème at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he made his company debut in 2003 with Samson et Dalila. Following his appearance conducting Santa Fe Opera’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles in the 2011-2012 season, Villaume returned to open Santa Fe Opera’s 2012-2013 season with La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein. Among his many lauded interpretations of masterworks, Villaume has performed with the Metropolitan Opera with Madama Butterfly, Samson et Dalila and Carmen, the Lyric Opera of Chicago with Manon and The Merry Widow and the Washington National Opera with La rondine, Norma, Le Cid and Les Contes d’Hoffmann. He has conducted Madama Butterfly and Werther with the San Francisco Opera, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, La rndine and La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein with the Los Angeles Opera and La Rodine and Faust with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Prior to his new position as Music Director of the Dallas Opera, Villaume conducted highly acclaimed performances of TDO’s Faust and Le nozze di Figaro. His participation in music festivals is equally exemplary, highlighted by numerous performances at the prestigious Spoleto Festival USA, where he served as Music Director from 2001 to 2010.
On the international stage, maestro Villaume has appeared with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for Les Contes d’Hoffmann and La rondine, the Montreal Opera for La Vie parisienne, Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan for Der Rosenkavalier; the Teatro Colón for Pelléas et Mélisande and the Opéra Bastille for Rigoletto. Other performances in France include the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse for Mignon, Opéra de Nice for Faust and the Opéra Marseilles for Pelléas et Mélisande, Samson et Dalila, Carmen and Norma. Villaume has conducted for several opera companies in Germany, including the Bayerische Staatsoper for Les Contes d’Hoffmann the Deutsche Oper Berlin for Tosca, the Hamburg Staatsoper for Der Fliegende Holländer, the Bonn Opera for La fanciulla del West and the Cologne Opera for La Bohème and Werther. Other lauded performances in Europe have taken place at the Teatro La Fenice for Thaïs and Il crociato, the Teatro Regio di Torino for Ariane et Barbe-bleue and Les Contes d’Hoffmann, the Martina Franca Opera for La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, the Teatro Real in Madrid for Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Werther; the Opéra de Monte-Carlo for La Périchole and Werther and the KlangBogen Festival in Vienna for Don Quichotte and Menotti’s Goya with Plácido Domingo.
Emmanuel Villaume has led a distinguished career leading renowned symphony ensembles in the USA and abroad. He has made an outstanding contribution as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the National Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and in his ongoing role as Chief Conductor of the Slovakian Philharmonic Orchestra. In North America, he has conducted the Quebec Symphony, the Montreal Symphony in both Montreal and at Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Symphony and the Julliard Orchestra. He has also led the San Francisco Symphony, the Houston Symphony and the Boston Symphony at both Symphony Hall and the Tanglewood Festival. His performances with music organisations include the Royal Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Beethovenhalle Orchestra of Bonn, the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, the Duisburger Philharmoniker, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Kungliga Filharmonikerna and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. In Australia, Villaume has conducted concerts with the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Orchestras, and in Asia he has appeared with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the China National Opera Orchestra for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Born in Strasbourg in 1964, Emmanuel Villaume studied music at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg. He continued his education at Khâgne and the Sorbonne in Paris, where he received degrees in literature, philosophy and musicology. As an author of noted articles of musicology, Villaume was appointed Director of the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg at the age of twenty-one. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Indianapolis. Villaume resides in Paris and Dallas.