French conductor Emmanuel Villaume made his Royal Opera debut in 2000 on Les Contes d’Hoffmann and has since returned to conduct La rondine and Manon for The Royal Opera.
Villaume was born in Strasbourg and studied literature, philosophy and musicology in Paris. He began his career as dramaturg at Opéra national du Rhin and now conducts for opera companies around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York (Madama Butterfly, Samson et Dalila, Carmen), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Manon, Die lustige Witwe), Washington National Opera (La rondine, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Lucia di Lammermoor), Opéra-Bastille (Rigoletto), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Tosca), Hamburg State Opera (Der fliegende Holländer), La Fenice, Venice (Thaïs, L’Africaine), Teatro Real, Madrid (Werther), and for the opera companies of Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Marseilles, Monte Carlo and Cologne. He is Music Director of the Dallas Opera and Chief Conductor of the National Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Bratislava. Previous positions include Chief Conductor of the National Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Ljubljana, and Director of Spoleto Festival USA.
In concert, Villaume has conducted many leading orchestras, including the Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco symphony orchestras, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Prague Philharmonic. He has conducted a concert performance of Les Troyens with the Orchestra of La Fenice and three concerts with the China National Opera Orchestra during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. In 2011 he conducted the annual Richard Tucker Gala with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.