Emmanuel Villaume

Emmanuel Villaume is in his tenth season as the Spoleto Festival USA's music director for opera & orchestra and was recently appointed artistic director and chief conductor of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and chief conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra in Bratislava. He made his San Francisco Opera debut in 1999 leading performances of Madama Butterfly. Villaume has appeared on the podium of the Metropolitan Opera (Madama Butterfly, Samson et Dalila, Carmen); the Royal Opera, Covent Garden (Les Contes d'Hoffmann, La Rondine); Lyric Opera of Chicago (Samson et Dalila, Manon, The Merry Widow); Washington National Opera (La Rondine, Norma, Le Cid, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Lucia di Lammermoor); Los Angeles Opera ( Les Contes d'Hoffmann, La Rondine, La Grande Duchesse du Gérolstein); the Santa Fe Opera (Carmen); the Dallas Opera (Faust, Le Nozze di Figaro); Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (La Rondine, Faust); Cologne Opera (La Bohème, Werther); Paris Opera (Rigoletto); Hamburg State Opera (Der Fliegende Holländer); Toulouse Opera (Mignon); Bonn Opera (La Fanciulla del West); Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Der Rosenkavalier); Montreal Opera (La Vie Parisienne); Marseilles Opera (Pelléas et Mélisande, Carmen, Norma); Nice Opera (Faust); Monte Carlo Opera (La Périchole, Werther); and the Klangbogen Festival in Vienna (Don Quichotte, Goya). Born in Strasbourg in 1964, Villaume began his musical education at the Strasbourg Conservatory and continued his studies in Paris, where he received degrees in literature, philosophy, and musicology.