Yves Abel

Yves Abel(Toronto, Canada)

2019–20 Season: Conductor, Romeo and Juliet

Maestro Yves Abel made his San Francisco Opera debut in 1996 leading Hamlet and returned in 2016 to conduct Madama Butterfly.

A frequent guest with the world’s greatest orchestras and opera companies, he is, since January 2015, Chief Conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (NWD) of Herford. From 2005 to 2011 he was Principal Guest Conductor of Deutsche Oper Berlin.

In autumn 2017 he won the Rubies Award of Opera Canada magazine for his outstanding contributions to opera in Canada.

He is regularly invited by the Metropolitan Opera; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Vienna State Opera; Milan’s Teatro alla Scala; Opéra National de Paris; Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Munich’s Bavarian State Opera; and Glyndebourne Festival. 

As a Franco-Canadian, he has a particular affinity with the French repertoire and has won significant critical acclaim for his achievements as founder (in 1988) and Music Director of “L'Opéra Francais de New York”. In 2009, he was awarded the title “Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French government.

His most recent successes include Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro; La Traviata at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma; Carmen in Philadelphia and Hong Kong; Pelléas et Mélisande at Opera de Óviedo; and his debut at the Canadian Opera Company with L’Elisir d’Amore.

His forthcoming projects include Les Pêcheurs de Perles at Liceu de Barcelona; Hamlet at Deutsche Oper Berlin and in Hong Kong; and L’Elisir d’Amore at Convent Garden.