French-born conductor Emmanuel Villaume has led captivating performances with the most prominent opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world. Entering his fifth season as Music Director of The Dallas Opera, Villaume leads three productions in the 2017/18 season, beginning in October with performances of Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila. Following his critically acclaimed interpretation of Roméo et Juliette last season at New York's Metropolitan Opera, Villaume returns to the Met in November for performances of Thaïs, followed immediately by a special engagement at the Juilliard School for a concert with the Juilliard Orchestra and singers in an all-French program of masterworks featuring Debussy's La mer and Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges. Villaume begins 2018 in Dallas with performances of Korngold's rarely performed Der Ring des Polykrates in February. A favorite at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, he returns in March for LOC's hotly anticipated new production of Gounod's Faust, then closes the Dallas Opera's season with Mozart's Don Giovanni in April. Villaume finishes his season in June with a new coproduction of Manon Lescaut at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu.

Mo. Villaume continues his tenure this season as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the PKF - Prague Philharmonia, a position he has held since 2015. Recent projects with the PKF include a Deutsche Grammophon recording with Anna Netrebko, Warner Classics releases with soprano Angela Gheorghiu, pianist Andrew von Oeyen, and tenor Bryan Hymel, and a special New Year's celebration concert at the Royal Opera House Muscat. Additional 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