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  • Santa Fe Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    Santa Fe Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    Santa Fe Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    Santa Fe Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    Fanciulla was a triumph for Emmanuel Villaume, who conducted with passion and discretion. The opening prelude was breathtaking, as were climactic moments in the action, but Villaume also allowed the score to breathe. Thematic development was lucid, and even at those points where Puccini lets the dramatic momentum flag, Villaume invested the score with power and theatrical vitality.
    - Opera News (November 2016 Issue)
    Fanciulla was a triumph for Emmanuel Villaume, who conducted with passion and discretion. The opening prelude was breathtaking, as were climactic moments in the action, but Villaume also allowed the score to breathe. Thematic development was lucid, and even at those points where Puccini lets the dramatic momentum flag, Villaume invested the score with power and theatrical vitality.
    - Opera News (November 2016 Issue)
    Fanciulla was a triumph for Emmanuel Villaume, who conducted with passion and discretion. The opening prelude was breathtaking, as were climactic moments in the action, but Villaume also allowed the score to breathe. Thematic development was lucid, and even at those points where Puccini lets the dramatic momentum flag, Villaume invested the score with power and theatrical vitality.
    - Opera News (November 2016 Issue)
    Fanciulla was a triumph for Emmanuel Villaume, who conducted with passion and discretion. The opening prelude was breathtaking, as were climactic moments in the action, but Villaume also allowed the score to breathe. Thematic development was lucid, and even at those points where Puccini lets the dramatic momentum flag, Villaume invested the score with power and theatrical vitality.
    - Opera News (November 2016 Issue)
  • Santa Fe Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    Santa Fe Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    Santa Fe Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    Santa Fe Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    Puccini is all about rubato. Even when in a set tempo, beats within even a single measure are frequently stretched to give the singers the freedom to add passion to a vocal line, not to mention hold a high note here or there. Villaume is right with the singers throughout, giving them the confidence to go with what might be working at the time, within reason, of course—knowing he would be there for them. Be that as it may, Villaume is definitely in charge of the music and he set a no-nonsense overall pace that keeps the excitement of the opera moving, from the opening notes to the “ride into the sunset” ending.
    - Theater Jones
    Puccini is all about rubato. Even when in a set tempo, beats within even a single measure are frequently stretched to give the singers the freedom to add passion to a vocal line, not to mention hold a high note here or there. Villaume is right with the singers throughout, giving them the confidence to go with what might be working at the time, within reason, of course—knowing he would be there for them. Be that as it may, Villaume is definitely in charge of the music and he set a no-nonsense overall pace that keeps the excitement of the opera moving, from the opening notes to the “ride into the sunset” ending.
    - Theater Jones
    Puccini is all about rubato. Even when in a set tempo, beats within even a single measure are frequently stretched to give the singers the freedom to add passion to a vocal line, not to mention hold a high note here or there. Villaume is right with the singers throughout, giving them the confidence to go with what might be working at the time, within reason, of course—knowing he would be there for them. Be that as it may, Villaume is definitely in charge of the music and he set a no-nonsense overall pace that keeps the excitement of the opera moving, from the opening notes to the “ride into the sunset” ending.
    - Theater Jones
    Puccini is all about rubato. Even when in a set tempo, beats within even a single measure are frequently stretched to give the singers the freedom to add passion to a vocal line, not to mention hold a high note here or there. Villaume is right with the singers throughout, giving them the confidence to go with what might be working at the time, within reason, of course—knowing he would be there for them. Be that as it may, Villaume is definitely in charge of the music and he set a no-nonsense overall pace that keeps the excitement of the opera moving, from the opening notes to the “ride into the sunset” ending.
    - Theater Jones
  • Santa Fe Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    Santa Fe Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    Santa Fe Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    Santa Fe Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    Best for last: the Santa Fe Opera orchestra was in absolutely superb form. From the first hammered chords, Emmanuel Villaume was firmly, thrillingly in charge of a reading that was stunning from initial downbeat to finale cut-off. The Maestro was a cunning Pied Piper, leading his amassed forces with meticulous dramatic intent and unfaltering attention to detail, whether nurturing articulate solo statements, or guiding lush ensembles (oh, those gorgeous tutti strings!). Under Villaume, the band and cast rose to meet every atmospheric requirement that Puccini (and Puccinians) could dare to wish.
    - Opera Today
    Best for last: the Santa Fe Opera orchestra was in absolutely superb form. From the first hammered chords, Emmanuel Villaume was firmly, thrillingly in charge of a reading that was stunning from initial downbeat to finale cut-off. The Maestro was a cunning Pied Piper, leading his amassed forces with meticulous dramatic intent and unfaltering attention to detail, whether nurturing articulate solo statements, or guiding lush ensembles (oh, those gorgeous tutti strings!). Under Villaume, the band and cast rose to meet every atmospheric requirement that Puccini (and Puccinians) could dare to wish.
    - Opera Today
    Best for last: the Santa Fe Opera orchestra was in absolutely superb form. From the first hammered chords, Emmanuel Villaume was firmly, thrillingly in charge of a reading that was stunning from initial downbeat to finale cut-off. The Maestro was a cunning Pied Piper, leading his amassed forces with meticulous dramatic intent and unfaltering attention to detail, whether nurturing articulate solo statements, or guiding lush ensembles (oh, those gorgeous tutti strings!). Under Villaume, the band and cast rose to meet every atmospheric requirement that Puccini (and Puccinians) could dare to wish.
    - Opera Today
    Best for last: the Santa Fe Opera orchestra was in absolutely superb form. From the first hammered chords, Emmanuel Villaume was firmly, thrillingly in charge of a reading that was stunning from initial downbeat to finale cut-off. The Maestro was a cunning Pied Piper, leading his amassed forces with meticulous dramatic intent and unfaltering attention to detail, whether nurturing articulate solo statements, or guiding lush ensembles (oh, those gorgeous tutti strings!). Under Villaume, the band and cast rose to meet every atmospheric requirement that Puccini (and Puccinians) could dare to wish.
    - Opera Today
  • Santa Fe Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    Santa Fe Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    Santa Fe Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    Santa Fe Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    …this opera’s cast of genuine “characters” fires away on all cylinders (and guns) accompanied by an SFO orchestra playing at the top of its game under the inspired baton of Emmanuel Villaume.
    - Communities Digital News
    …this opera’s cast of genuine “characters” fires away on all cylinders (and guns) accompanied by an SFO orchestra playing at the top of its game under the inspired baton of Emmanuel Villaume.
    - Communities Digital News
    …this opera’s cast of genuine “characters” fires away on all cylinders (and guns) accompanied by an SFO orchestra playing at the top of its game under the inspired baton of Emmanuel Villaume.
    - Communities Digital News
    …this opera’s cast of genuine “characters” fires away on all cylinders (and guns) accompanied by an SFO orchestra playing at the top of its game under the inspired baton of Emmanuel Villaume.
    - Communities Digital News
  • Santa Fe Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    Santa Fe Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    Santa Fe Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    Santa Fe Opera: La Fanciulla del West

    Emmanuel Villaume, Music Director of Dallas Opera, conducted at a flowing pace.
    - Hawaii Opera Theater
    Emmanuel Villaume, Music Director of Dallas Opera, conducted at a flowing pace.
    - Hawaii Opera Theater
    Emmanuel Villaume, Music Director of Dallas Opera, conducted at a flowing pace.
    - Hawaii Opera Theater
    Emmanuel Villaume, Music Director of Dallas Opera, conducted at a flowing pace.
    - Hawaii Opera Theater