Emmanuel Villaume

The Dallas Opera announced yesterday the appointment of French-born conductor Emmanuel Villaume as their distinguished new music director. He will be the third person ever to be named to that position in the 56-year history of the company. The official announcement was made by Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.

“Over the past year, I have actively sought input from a wide variety of sources, both inside and outside Dallas,” explained Mr. Cerny. “I was delighted to see the intense level of interest in this position from candidates of the highest caliber, many of whom have extraordinarily busy careers conducting at the world’s leading opera houses.”

“Having carefully weighed all input, spoken with a number of these candidates, and traveled extensively to watch contenders for the position in both rehearsal and performance, I made the decision to appoint French-born conductor Emmanuel Villaume as Music Director of The Dallas Opera. I also believe that Emmanuel Villaume will prove an excellent ambassador for the company while attending to his many national and international conducting engagements,” Cerny added, “and will help the Dallas Opera to continue to attract the best singers, directors and designers at work in our field today.”

Maestro Emmanuel Villaume has appeared in the world’s most important and prestigious opera houses. These include engagements with the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opéra de Paris, Teatro la fenice in Venice, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Madrid’s Teatro Real and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“I am honored to be selected as Music Director of the Dallas Opera and to be a part of such a talented artistic community,” said Emmanuel Villaume. “The Winspear Opera House is one of the most beautiful performing arts venues in the world, and I am excited to be working with the superb orchestra and dedicated staff of the Dallas Opera. I look forward to helping create even more brilliant performances with this impassioned opera company.”