Emmanuel Villaume is Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the National Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Chief Conductor of the National Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra in Bratislava. He served as the Spoleto Festival USA's Music Director for Opera & Orchestra from 2001 to 2010.

Mr. Villaume has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera for Madama Butterfly, Samson et Dalila, and Carmen; with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Les Contes d'Hoffmann and La Rondine; the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Samson et Dalila, Manon, and The Merry Widow; the Washington National Opera for La Rondine, Norma, Le Cid, Les Contes d'Hoffmann and Lucia di Lammermoor; San Francisco Opera for Madama Butterfly and Werther; Los Angeles Opera for Les Contes d'Hoffmann, La Rondine and Grande Duchesse; Santa Fe Opera for Carmen; Dallas Opera for Faust and Le Nozze di Figaro; Montreal Opera for La Vie Parisienne; Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for La Rondine and Faust; Bastille Opera for Rigoletto; Toulouse Opera for Mignon; Opéra Marseilles for Pelléas et Mélisande, Samson, Carmen and Norma; Nice Opera for Faust; Monte Carlo Opera for La Périchole and Werther; La Fenice in Venice for Thaïs and Il Crociato; Torino Teatro Regio for Ariane et Barbe Bleue and Hoffmann; Martina Franca Opera for La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein; Deutsche Oper Berlin for Tosca; Cologne Opera for La Bohème and Werther; Hamburg Staatsoper with Der Fliegende Holländer; Bonn Opera for La Fanciulla del West; Teatro Real in Madrid for Hoffmann and Werther; Teatro Colon for Pelléas; Tokyo Bunka Kaikan for Der Rosenkavalier; and the Klangbogen Festival in Vienna for Don Quichotte and Menotti's Goya with Plácido Domingo.

He has led the Montreal Symphony in Montreal and at Carnegie Hall; the Chicago Symphony; the Boston Symphony at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood; the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Detroit, Utah, Quebec and Oregon Symphonies; the Minnesota Orchestra; Juilliard orchestra; Orchestre de Paris; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Beethovenhalle Orchestra of Bonn; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Duisburger Philharmoniker; Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra; Kungliga Filharmonikerna and the Prague Philharmonic; the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane symphonies; Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Orchestra Verdi di Milano; and, in concert, the orchestras of the Bastille Opera, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Teatro alla Scala, the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, La Fenice orchestra, the latter in a concert performance of Berlioz' Les Troyens and the China National Opera Orchestra for three concerts during the Olympic Games of 2008.

In November 2011, Mr. Villaume conducted the prestigious annual Richard Tucker Gala with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall in New York.

Born in Strasbourg in 1964, Emmanuel Villaume began his musical education at the Strasbourg Conservatory and continued his studies in Paris, where he received degrees in literature, philosophy and musicology. He was appointed Dramaturg of the Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg at the age of 21.

Emmanuel Villaume has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and EMI and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Indianapolis.

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ManonRoyal Opera House, January 2014
"The music, in the best tradition of lush French operatic melodrama, is melodic, easy to listen to, and played to perfection by the Royal Opera orchestra conducted by Emmanuel Villaume."

Manon, Royal Opera House, January 2014
"The best thing about this show is the conducting. Emmanuel Villaume maintains spruce tempi while illuminating the opera’s soft, sensuous core."

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