January 2010

SEATTLE OPERA - 'Il Trovatore'

"Yves Abel is an excellent conductor. He conducted with panache, sympathy and even fire when called upon to do so."
R. M. Cambpell, The Gathering Note, 18 January 2010

"In the orchestra pit, Yves Abel brought out the drama of the surging score and kept a strong sense of forward propulsion without ever pushing the singers too hard. He is an adept accompanist, knowing just how long a given singer is able to hold a given note (or when the singer is likely to run out of breath). The crowd scenes worked well musically, too, a credit to Abel..."
Melinda Bargreen, King FM, 20 January 2010

"With excellent orchestral playing under Yves Abel’s baton..."
Bernard Jacobson, Seen and Heard International Opera Review, 02 February 2010

"Yves Abel's bel canto approach to this frequently over-driven score was refreshingly poetic…"
Theodore Deacon, Opera, June 2010