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Yves Abel



Franco-Canadian conductor Yves Abel made his Royal Opera debut in 2010 conducting La traviata. He has since returned to conduct La Fille du régiment and La traviata.

Abel was born in Toronto to French parents. He made his professional debut as a solo treble 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. He was Principal Guest Conductor of Deutsche Oper Berlin 2005–11 and since 2015 has been Chief Conductor 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), Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Rome), Il barbiere di Siviglia and Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Metropolitan Opera), L’elisir d’amore (Vienna State Opera), Roméo et Juliette (Santiago), Giovanna d’Arco (Bilbao), Così fan tutte, La traviata and Falstaff (Tokyo), Hänsel und Gretel (Paris Opéra) and Le nozze di Figaro (Deutsche Oper Berlin).

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.

News and features

La traviata to be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 4 February 2016

29 January 2016
<em>La traviata</em> to be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 4 February 2016

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