November 2016

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA - “Madama Butterfly”

“...conductor Yves Abel made a welcome return after an unconscionable 20-year absence to lead a performance of tenderness and dramatic urgency.”
San Francisco Chronicle, Joshua Kosman, 7th November 2016

“... Conductor Yves Abel, in his first return since the company’s 1996 “Hamlet”, led a flowing orchestral performance that highlighted the urgency and reflective tenderness of Puccini’s score...”
The Mercury News, Georgia Rowe, 7th November 2016

August 2016

OPERA DI ROMA A CARACALLA - “Madama Butterfly”

“Yves Abel was successful in leading the dramatic tension, in harmony with a flexible orchestra always ready to follow his intentions.”
Luca della Libera, Il Messaggero, 31st July 2016

July 2016

OPERA DI ROMA A CARACALLA - "Il Barbiere di Siviglia"

"…precise and suitable, Yves Abel's conducting was in full harmony with the orchestra… "
Virman Cusenza, Il Messaggero, 20th July 2016

"Congratulations to the conductor, Yves Abel, are a must. International name, specialized in the rare french repertoire, Abel classily leads the Barbiere score: and it's  known how often one can hear vulgar interpretations in such a delicate and well known score of the comic Rossini repertoire. Abel reading is soft and smooth, with a sparkling sense of rhythm. The typical rossinian drive emerges excellently in the famous overture; all Rossini's interval leaps, dotted rhythm, and snappy moments Abel makes more vivid in his choose of tempi and the vigilant agogic accents in the staccati, as well in the well known storm right before the finale. The franco-canadian does not lack in elegantly accompanying the singers, communicating consistently with the stage, and executing everything with precision: the complex concertatos above all."
Stefano Ceccarelli, L'Ape Musicale, 29th July 2016

"Musically, Abel is an expert conductor who knows how to measure balances and help the singers… "
Mario Dal Bello, Citta' Nuova, 23rd July 2016

"Brillant was also the musical side. Yves Abel conducts with precision and rhythm."
Giuseppe Pennisi

"Yves Abel conducted with precision and style, without excluding freedom in the use of colors, in line with what was happening on stage"
Opera Actual, September 2016

May 2016


“The conductor, always faithful to the music score, highlighted in each moment the beauty of this opera... Abel transmitted vitality and pathos...”
Jose’ Antonio Canton, El Mundo, 17th May 2016

April 2016

SAN DIEGO OPERA - “Madama Butterfly”

“From the orchestra, Canadian conductor Yves Abel cultivated a burnished, highly dramatic account of Puccini’s rich score, yet allowed his audience to savor the many moments of its delicate instrumentation that set apart this Puccini opera from its cousins.”
Ken Herman, 18th April 2016

“The San Diego Opera Company with Canadian Yves Abel conducting (to perfection) the San Diego Symphony Orchestra...”
San Diego Examiner

“Under the baton of Canadian conductor Yves Abel, the San Diego Symphony exhibits both power and refinement”
Pat Launer, Times of San Diego, 20th April 2016

“Things get better through time, especially when accompanied by Yves Abel’s consistently exceptional blend of orchestral parlance”
Christie Grimstad, Concertonet, 21st April 2016

“Yves Abel performed Puccini’s score with impressive dramatic qualities... he brought out the immense pathos of Puccini’s score. This Butterfly left many patrons weeping tears of sympathy.”
Maria Nockin, Opera Today, 23rd April 2016

January 2016


“Yves Abel is a cut above average as conductor, supporting his singers diligently and getting precision ensemble.”
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 22nd January 2016