OPERA DE PARIS - Hansel und Gretel -
“Beyond its wagnerian elements, the score contains a wealth of melody characteristic of German romanticism, As well as numerous tunes borrowed from its folk tradition. In the pit, under the baton of Yves Abel, the orchestra of the Opera de Paris completely presents that richness of colors, of textures, and of flavors. Yes, I speak about flavors, because, in this show we are in the domain of musical and theatrical gluttony! From this production, on which the wind of the Christmas spirit already blows, one leaves full of joy and energy, humming the beautiful memorized melodies.”
Jean-Marc Piriou, Bachtrack, 22nd November, 2014
“Yves Abel masterfully conducts the Orchestre de l'Opera de Paris.
Hänsel und Gretel triumphs!”
Marie Torrès, Artistikrezo, 26th November 2014
“Yves Abel, finds the perfect balance between stage and orchestra. Considering the particular of the score, this is not always the case. From the start of the overture, one is taken by the sumptuous and beautiful mystery of the brasses and woodwinds under the Wagnerian blanket of strings. Which then leads to a series of German popular songs.
The orchestra generates an atmosphere of fairy tales, dark and heavy, without losing in vivacity and liveliness! The musicians show a magnificent complicity that translates itself into a performance full of nuances and surprises.”
Sabino Pena Arcia, Classiquenews, 26th November 2014
“...with the amazing orchestra of the Opera de Paris, Yves Abel creates enchantments, nightmares, and tableaux vivants.”
Quobuz, 19 November 2014
“And overall, with a sumptuous orchestra...and the sensible and nuanced conducting of Yves Abel...’
Francois Lehel, Opera magazine,
OPERA DE OVIEDO - Otello -
“One has to say it very clearly and often. The presence, now frequent, of Yves Abel in the pit of the Campoamor Theater, is a luxury.
I think it is significant that his next opera engagements after Oviedo are the Paris Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. The work that Abel realizes with each new lyric appearance is intense and the results impeccable from start to finish.
The quality of the conducting is one of the basic pillars in acquiring the good results we witnessed recently. Contrasting dynamics, Verdian colors, dramatic accents always intense, lyricism in the intimate passages, the capacity to define each role through the accompaniment and a magnificent response and performance from the Oviedo Filarmonia, were the principal characteristics of Abel’s conducting which will remain in one’s memory and which reminds one of the importance of the conductor for each production.
He is, without doubt, the key.”
Cosme Marina, La Nueva Espana, September 13, 2014
Yves Abel has been announced as the new chief conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, based in Herford (Germany). He will take over from Eugene Tzigane and Andris Nelsons starting from january 2015