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Emmanuel Villaume

French-born conductor Emmanuel Villaume has led captivating performances with the most prominent opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world. Since the 2015–2016 season he has been Chief Conductor of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia. 


The Music Director and Chief Conductor of the PKF — Prague Philharmonia, Emmanuel Villaume, continues his tenure this season also as the Music Director of The Dallas Opera.

A frequent collaborator with major international opera houses, Emmanuel leads performances at The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Santa Fe Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Liceu Barcelona, Montreal Opera, Teatro Colón, Opéra de Paris, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Cologne Opera, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro Regio di Torino and Teatro Real Madrid.


Apart from operas, he has been actively engaged with symphonic ensembles. Between the years 2009–2016 he was Chief Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic. Among the orchestras he has conducted so far are: Los Angeles Philharmonic; Chicago, Montreal, San Francisco, Houston and Boston Symphony Orchestras; Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France and NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. In 2008 the China National Opera House Orchestra played under Villaume’s baton during the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. Other top events have been the concerts at Avery Fisher Hall at the Richard Tucker Gala 2014, with the Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, a performance at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, White Night Festival at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and the European tour with Tchaikovsky’s opera Jolanta featuring the soprano Anna Netrebko – stopping in Lucerne, Copenhagen, Monte Carlo and the Royal Albert Hall in London. We should not forget his numerous appearances at the prestigious American Spoleto Festival where he was from 2001 through 2010 Music Director.  

His projects with the PKF – Prague Philharmonia include recording with Anna Netrebko for the Deutsche Grammophon label, three CDs for Warner Classics (one with Bryan Hymel which was nominated for International Opera Awards 2016 and a profile PKF´s CD Ravel. Debussy. Bizet), and the special New Year’s Gala at the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman. In January 2017 he and the PKF toured very successfully in the USA, giving concerts at Davis Symphony Hall in San Francisco and Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego.



Born in Strasbourg in 1964, Emmanuel Villaume studied music at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg. He continued his education at Khâgne and the Sorbonne in Paris, where he received degrees in literature, philosophy, and musicology. As author of noted articles of musicology, Mo. Villaume was appointed Dramaturg of the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg at the age of 21. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Indianapolis. Maestro Villaume makes his home in Paris and Dallas.



26. 10. 24
Sat • 19:30
Dvořák Hall Rudolfinum
Orchestral series

Smetana. Novák. Husa. Dvořák

Oto Reiprich
Jan Souček
Jiří Javůrek
Jan Hudeček
Kateřina Javůrková
French horn
Emmanuel Villaume
08. 09. 21
Wed • 19:30
Smetana Hall Municipal House
Orchestral series

Saint-Saëns. Rachmaninoff. Berlioz. Tanguy

Andrew von Oeyen
Emmanuel Villaume

The opening concert of the 28th season.

12. 06. 21
Sat • 20:00
Dvořák Hall Rudolfinum
Orchestral series

Ginastera. Schulhoff. Dvořák

Emmanuel Ceysson
Emmanuel Villaume

Please note that this concert will exceptionally start at 20:00.

General partner
Komerční banka
With support
Hl.město Praha
Ministerstvo kultury
Principal partner
General media partner
Česká televize
Principal media partner
Hospodářské noviny
Partneři zvuku
Portu Gallery
Wood & Company
Centrální depozitář cenných papírů
Mozart Prague