10 October 2012
Emmanuel Villaume, Leo Hussain to Conduct Santa Fe Opera Performances Following Resignation of Chief Conductor Frédéric Chaslin
Santa Fe Opera general director Charles MacKay announced on October 10 that Emmanuel Villaume will conduct the company’s new production of Offenbach’s The Grand Duchess of Gérolstein in 2013.
A native of Strasbourg, Villaume is artistic director and chief conductor of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra in Ljubljana, and chief conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra in Bratislava. He last appeared at Santa Fe during the 2012 season, leading Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles. Villaume is a frequent visitor to the world’s major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, La Fenice, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera. In January, February and March of 2013, Villaume will conduct La Bohème at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he made his company debut in 2003, conducting Samson et Dalila.
British conductor Leo Hussain, music director at the Landestheater in Salzburg, will make his Santa Fe Opera debut in 2013, leading a revival of Laurent Pelly’s 2009 staging of La Traviata. Both La Grande-Duchesse and La Traviata were originally scheduled to be led by Frédéric Chaslin, the company’s former chief conductor, who resigned his post in August of this year.
Italian mezzo-soprano Marianna Pizzolato will make her Santa Fe debut as Malcolm in the company premiere of Rossini’s La Donna del Lago, replacing Daniella Barcellona, who has withdrawn from the production. The other operas in Santa Fe’s 2013 season are the world premiere of Theodore Morrison’s Oscar and a revival of Jonathan Kent’s staging of Le Nozze di Figaro.
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