French-born conductor Emmanuel Villaume has led captivating performances with the most prominent opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world. Entering his fourth season as Music Director of The Dallas Opera, Villaume returns for three productions in the 2016/17 season. He opens TDO’s season leading performances of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in October, followed by the highly anticipated return of Jake Heggie's Moby Dick, which debuted at The Dallas Opera in 2010. Villaume revisits his acclaimed interpretation of Gounod's Roméo et Juliette in his return to New York's Metropolitan Opera in March. The Chicago Classical Review praised Villaume's conducting of Roméo et Juliette at the Lyric Opera of Chicago last season, proclaiming, "Villaume is almost without peer in this repertory, and his conducting provides a virtual seminar in how French opera should be performed." Villaume closes the TDO season with performances of Norma in April, followed by his return to the Santa Fe Opera in the summer of 2017.

In September 2015 Mo. Villaume began his tenure as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the PKF - Prague Philharmonia. Recent projects with the PKF include a Deutsche Grammophon recording with Anna Netrebko, a Warner Classics release with Bryan Hymel, and a special New Year's celebration concert at the Royal Opera House Muscat. His recent orchestral performances include at New York's Avery Fisher Hall for the 2014 Richard Tucker Gala and at Alice Tully Hall for concerts with the Juilliard Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, the White Nights Festival at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, and a European concert tour of Iolanta with performances in Lucerne, Copenhagen, Monte Carlo, and London's Royal Albert Hall featuring soprano Anna Netrebko. Villaume returned to the Royal Opera House Muscat in December 2015 for a concert with the PKF and guest soprano Sondra Radvanovsky ... read full bio