Franco-Canadian conductor Yves Abel made his San Francisco Opera debut in 1996 conducting Hamlet. He made his professional debut as a solo treble for the Canadian Opera Company and the Ottawa Festival and studied piano and conducting at Mannes College in New York City. He was principal guest conductor of Deutsche Oper Berlin from 2005–11 and since 2015 has been chief conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. His many operatic engagements include La Fille du Régiment (La Scala; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Metropolitan Opera; Seattle Opera), Pagliacci (San Diego Opera), I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bavarian State Opera), Les Vêpres Siciliennes (Geneva), Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Rome), Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Metropolitan Opera), L’Elisir d’Amore (Vienna State Opera), Roméo et Juliette (Santiago), Giovanna d’Arco (Bilbao), Così fan tutte, La Traviata and Falstaff (Tokyo), La Traviata (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Hänsel und Gretel (Paris Opéra) and Le Nozze di Figaro (Deutsche Oper Berlin).
Abel regularly appears in concert, with orchestras such as Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Orchèstre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Netherlands Philharmonic, Orchèstre National de Lyon, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and the orchestras of Toronto, Montreal, Genoa, Naples, Rotterdam, and Palermo, among others. His many recordings include Romantique with Elīna Garanča for Deutsche Grammophon. In 2009 he was awarded the title Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.