In the 2013/14 Season Franco-Canadian conductor Yves Abel made his Royal Opera debut in 2010 conducting La traviata. He returned in 2012 and 2013 to conduct La Fille du régiment for The Royal Opera.
Abel was born in Toronto to French parents. He sang as a treble and made his professional debut singing First Boy (Die Zauberflöte), the title character in Amahl and the Night Visitors and Miles (The Turn of the Screw) at the Canadian Opera Company and the Ottawa Festival. He studied piano and conducting at the Mannes College The New School for Music, New York, and has gone on to conduct for opera houses around the world. He was Principal Guest Conductor of Deutsche Oper Berlin 2005–11. Operatic engagements have included La Fille du régiment (La Scala, Milan, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Seattle), I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bavarian State Opera), Il barbiere di Siviglia and Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera), L’Heure espagnole and L’Enfant et les sortilèges (Palermo), L’elisir d’amore (Vienna State Opera), Roméo et Juliette (Santiago), Giovanna d’Arco (Bilbao) and Così fan tutte (Tokyo).
Abel regularly appears in concert, with orchestras such as the Orchèstre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Netherlands Philharmonic, Orchèstre National de Lyon, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the orchestras of Toronto, Montreal, Genoa, Naples, Rotterdam and Palermo. In 2009 he was awarded the title Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.