Emmanuel Villaume receives glowing reviews for Iolanta, Héroïque, and Manon

Emmanuel Villaume

Praise for Iolanta:

"The whole cast is excellent. Best of all may be the glowing, warm playing that the conductor Emmanuel Villaume draws from the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra.” 

-Anthony Tommasini, New York Times

“The refinement of Villaume’s conducting is a constant source of delight: it nuances and tempers even the most wholehearted flights of fancy.”

-Edward Seckerson, Gramophone

“I’ll be surprised if any opera recording surpasses this in 2015.”

-Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times

Praise for Héroïque:

"Under the assured baton of Emmanuel Villaume the PKF–Prague Philharmonia demonstrates complete rapport.”

-Len Mullenger, MusicWeb (Recording of the Month)

“Faust’s invocation of Nature from Berlioz’s Damnation is beautifully sung, and here Emmanuel Villaume’s leadership and the playing of the Prague Philharmonia reaches its peak.”

-Robert Levine, Classics Today

“Emmanuel Villaume and the Prague Philharmonia supply vivid support in the energetic passages.”

- Roy C. Dicks, News & Observer'

Praise for Manon:

“Emmanuel Villaume paces it with vigor and a sense of movement in even the most delicate, reflective passages. Without stinting Massenet’s sumptuous lyricism, Mr. Villaume makes the score feel lean and agile. It is the most vivid, exciting take on Manon at the Met in many years, and sets the bar high, early on, for the company’s spring season.”

-Zachary Woolfe, New York Times

“In a score that tends to meander, Emmanuel Villaume kept the rhythms tight and emphasized the darker, more tragic colors of the orchestration. This Manon is musical drama the way it’s meant to be: dazzling, heartbreaking, haunting.”

-James Jorden, The Observer


Villaume continues his 2014/15 season at The Dallas Opera in April with staged performances of Iolanta before embarking on a European tour of the piece in June with soprano Anna Netrebko. He continues his tenure as Music Director of TDO in the 2015/16 season for performances of Tosca, Showboat, and the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s Becoming Santa Claus, and returns to London’s Royal Opera House for performances of Tosca and Lyric Opera of Chicago for Roméo et Juliette. He begins his tenure as Music Director of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia in September.