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 and in the 2015/16 Season returns to conduct La traviata.
Abel was born in Toronto to French parents. He made his professional debut singing solo treble roles for 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 and since 2015 has been Chief Conductor Designate of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. His many operatic engagements include La Fille du régiment (La Scala, Milan, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Seattle), Pagliacci (San Diego Opera), I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bavarian State Opera), Les Vêpres siciliennes (Geneva), 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 Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, 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, among others. His many recordings include ‘Romantique’ with Elīna Garanča for Deutsche Grammophon. In 2009 he was awarded the title Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.