A frequent guest with the world’s greatest orchestras and opera companies, Yves Abel is, since January 2015, Chief Conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (NWD) of Herford. From 2005 to 2011 he has been Principal Guest Conductor of Deutsche Oper, Berlin. From the season 2020-12 he is Principal Conductor of San Diego Opera. In autumn 2017 he won the Rubies Award of Opera Canada magazine, for his outstanding contributions to opera in Canada. He is regularly invited by such opera houses as Metropolitan Opera New York, ROH Covent Garden London, Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Opéra National de Paris, Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos Lisboa, New National Theatre Tokyo, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. In concerts he has performed with such important orchestras as Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano, Orchestre National de Lyon, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini di Parma. As Franco-Canadian, he has a particular affinity with the French repertoire and has won significant critical acclaim for his achievements as founder (in 1988) and Music Director of “L'Opéra Francais de New York”. Also for this activity, in 2009 he was awarded the title “Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Government. Among his recent projects Rossini’s Otello at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Lucrezia Borgia at Teatro Comunale di Bologna and in Oviedo, Romeo et Juliette in San Diego, Madama Butterfly in Hong Kong, Samson et Dalila at Chorégies d’Orange, Tosca at ABAO Bilbao, La traviata in Vancouver and at Opera di Roma, Romeo et Juliette at San Francisco Opera, Hamlet at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Les pêcheurs de perles at Liceu de Barcelona. He had his company debut at Vienna State Opera in 2006 with L’elisir d’amore and since then he has been invited back in Vienna many times, for Simon Boccanegra, Madama Butterly, Un ballo in maschera, L’italiana in Algeri etc.