27th season

Emmanuel Villaume

music director and chief conductor

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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. Since the 2015–2016 season he has been Chief Conductor of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia. 

The Music Director and Chief Conductor of the PKF — Prague Philharmonia Emmanuel Villaume returns in the 2020–2021 season to the Metropolitan Opera in New York (Roméo et Juliette), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Samson and Delilah) and the Dallas Opera, where he is music director (Nozze di Figaro, Lohengrin, and a world premiere “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly").

Emmanuel Villaume is currently in his fifth season as Music Director of The Dallas Opera, and in 2017–2018 he conducts three performances for the company: Samson and Delilah (C. Saint-Saëns), Der Ring des Polykrates (E. W. Korngold) and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. He is also returning to the Metropolitan Opera in New York (Massenet: Thaïs, Puccini: Tosca), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Gounod: Faust) and Gran Teatre del Liceu with Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, critically acclaimed by The New York Times: ‘It is the most vivid, exciting take on “Manon” at the Met in many years, and sets the bar high, early on, for the company’s spring season. He also regularly collaborates with opera houses in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montreal, Royal Opera Covent Garden in London, Washington National Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and Opéra Bastille in Paris. Emmanuel Villaume has also conducted at the Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Real in Madrid and Opéra de Monte-Carlo, among others. At the renowned Klangbogen Festival in Vienna, he was in charge of Menotti’s Goya with Plácido Domingo in the title role.  

Apart from operas, he has been actively engaged with symphonic ensembles. Between the years 2009–2016 he was Chief Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic. Among the orchestras he has conducted so far are: Los Angeles Philharmonic; Chicago, Montreal, San Francisco, Houston and Boston Symphony Orchestras; Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France and NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. In 2008 the China National Opera House Orchestra played under Villaume’s baton during the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. Other top events have been the concerts at Avery Fisher Hall at the Richard Tucker Gala 2014, with the Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, a performance at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, White Night Festival at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and the European tour with Tchaikovsky’s opera Jolanta featuring the soprano Anna Netrebko – stopping in Lucerne, Copenhagen, Monte Carlo and the Royal Albert Hall in London. We should not forget his numerous appearances at the prestigious American Spoleto Festival where he was from 2001 through 2010 Music Director.  

His projects with the PKF – Prague Philharmonia include recording with Anna Netrebko for the Deutsche Grammophon label, three CDs for Warner Classics (one with Bryan Hymel which was nominated for International Opera Awards 2016 and a profile PKF´s CD Ravel. Debussy. Bizet), and the special New Year’s Gala at the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman. In January 2017 he and the PKF toured very successfully in the USA, giving concerts at Davis Symphony Hall in San Francisco and Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego.  

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 author of noted articles of musicology, Mo. Villaume was appointed Dramaturg of the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg at the age of 21. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Indianapolis. Maestro Villaume makes his home in Paris and Dallas.


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