A frequent guest with the world’s great opera companies, Yves Abel has conducted performances at the major opera houses of Europe, America and the Far East. As principal guest conductor of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, from 2005 to 2011, he conducted new productions of Don Pasquale, Simon Boccanegra, d’Albert’s Tiefland and Carmen, as well as performances of Le nozze di Figaro, La traviata, Dialogues des Carmélites, La bohème and Carmina Burana. He is a frequent guest at the Vienna Staatsoper and, appointed chief conductor designate of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie from 2015, he is also a regular guest with orchestras throughout Europe, in the United States and in Canada. A Franco-Canadian, he has a particular affinity with French repertoire and has won significant critical acclaim for his achievements as founder and music director of L’Opéra Français de New York, with which he has regenerated rare French operas and also performed the world première of Dusapin’s To be Sung. Since 1994, the company has performed regularly to capacity audiences at the Lincoln Center. In 2009 he was awarded the title Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.