January, 2015

METROPOLITAN OPERA - Les Contes d’Hoffmann -

“Even with all the scholarly debate over what constitutes an 'authentic' representation of the score, the quirkiness and variety of Offenbach’s music were always evident, and Abel seemed to relish every twist and turn, drawing strong, evocative playing from the orchestra... his direction enriched and enlivened the music, conjuring up dark magic from the pit."
Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review, January 15, 2015

"Yves Abel leads the Met orchestra in a stirring reading of Offenbach's score."
Wilborn Hampton, Huffingtonpost, January 14, 2015

"...Yves Abel, who led a graceful, agile orchestral performance..."
Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, January 14, 2015

"Yves Abel’s conducting of the Met’s mix-and-match edition of Offenbach’s score had an energetic dancing quality, and he was alert to Mr. Grigolo’s spontaneous revisions of Offenbach’s rhythms."
James Jorden, New York Observer, January 22, 2015