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Emmanuel Joel-Hornak

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Renowned French conductor Emmanuel Joel-Hornak leads major orchestras around the world in operatic and orchestral venues. Maestro Joel-Hornak’s guest conducting engagements have included productions with English National Opera, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, New Zealand Opera, New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Opéra Bastille, Wexford Festival Opera, and the leading opera companies of Lyon, Nantes, Montpellier, Toulouse, Sydney, and Strasbourg. He made his United States opera début in San Francisco Opera’s production of Carmen and was immediately re-engaged to conduct their productions of Don CarloLa bohème, and Samson et Dalila with Olga Borodina and Sergey Larin in the following seasons. Last season, Maestro Joel-Hornak conducted Macbeth at Israeli Opera.

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…impeccable pacing…beautifully blended…
Hänsel und Gretel Scottish Opera…can still boast high musical standards – which it certainly does under guest conductor Emmanuel Joël-Hornak, whose impeccable pacing, with beautifully blended orchestral voices and a sensitive ear for their stage counterparts, stands in the finest Kapellmeister tradition.”Financial Times
…sensitive direction…
Manon “Add dramatic singing of the chorus and the vigorous and delicate orchestral playing under Emmanuel Joel’s sensitive direction, and you have one of the best Opera Australia productions I’ve seen in a long time.”The Australian
…an intelligent reading of the music…
Faust “The Vector Wellington orchestra led by conductor Emmanuel Joel-Hornak gave an intelligent reading of the music, sensitive to the strengths of the singers and tuning up the volume on the big chorus pieces.”The National Business Review
…inspired, inspiriting conducting…
Thaïs “Much of its success here was due to the inspired, inspiriting conducting of Emmanuel Joel, who sought out the score’s glamour, sensuality and – dare one say – spirituality.  The ENO orchestra played, for one, as if they were enjoying themselves, and they sounded marvelous.”Opera News
…almost in the league of the legendary Dimitri Mitropoulos…
Vanessa “As with Barber’s orchestral music, Vanessa is filled with orchestral details that underline and emphasize the drama more than just being a nice tune. As such, however, it requires a strong conductor to keep the score moving and balance the orchestral components. Emmanuel Joel is such a conductor and leads a performance almost in the league of the legendary Dimitri Mitropoulos, the conductor of the world premiere at the Met in 1958.”Sunday Opera, WFOS-FM
Renowned French conductor Emmanuel Joel-Hornak leads major orchestras around the world in operatic and orchestral venues. Maestro Joel-Hornak’s guest conducting engagements have included productions with English National Opera, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, New Zealand Opera, New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Opéra Bastille, Wexford Festival Opera, and the leading opera companies of Lyon, Nantes, Montpellier, Toulouse, Sydney, and Strasbourg. He made his United States opera début in San Francisco Opera’s production of Carmen and was immediately re-engaged to conduct their productions of Don Carlo, La bohème, and Samson et Dalila with Olga Borodina and Sergey Larin in the following seasons. Last season, Maestro Joel-Hornak conducted Macbeth at Israeli Opera.

Maestro Joel-Hornak’s American career includes productions of Manon with Elisabeth Futral and Roméo et Juliette with Ramon Vargas and Ana Maria Martinez at Houston Grand Opera, Werther with Ramon Vargas and Don Pasquale at Los Angeles Opera, Les pêcheurs de perles in a return to Seattle Opera, Vanessa at the Washington National Opera with Kiri Te Kanawa, Roméo et Juliette at the Pittsburgh Opera with Marcello Giordani, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Faust with Cincinnati Opera, La bohème and Salome at Minnesota Opera, Les contes d’Hoffmann at Opera Colorado, Roméo et Juliette with Marcello Giordani for Pittsburgh Opera, La traviata at the New York City Opera, and Les pêcheurs de perles with Opera Carolina.

Maestro Joel-Hornak has conducted some of opera’s greatest pieces all around the world, including Carmen with New Israeli Opera of Tel Aviv, Opera Queensland, Boshoï Theatre in Moscow, Royal Opera of Stockholm, Jerusalem Festival, and in his début at Hessisches Staatstheatre Weisbaden in Germany; Faust with Opéra National de Bordeaux, in his New Zealand Opera début, and in Opéra de Marseille; Les contes d’Hoffmann with Opéra de Nice, Opera Hong Kong, Opera Australia, and in his début with Oper Leipzig in Germany;  and Les pêcheurs de perles with Opera Australia, English National Opera, Victoria State Opera, and Opera Australia, in his eighth engagement with the company.

Other favorite engagements in international venues include Dialogues des Carmélites in Gothenburg, Sweden and Oslo, Norway; Il trovatore with Opéra National de Bordeaux and Sydney Opera; La Périchole with Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and Opéra de Lausane in Switzerland; La belle Hélène with Scottish Opera in Edinburgh and English National Opera with Dame Felicity Lott in Laurent Pelly’s production; La bohème with New Zealand Opera and English National Opera; Pelléas et Mélisande in Gothenburg, Sweden and Toulouse, France; Roméo et Juliette with Opéra national du Rhin-Strasbourg and Opéra Toulon Provence Méditerranée, both in France; Les brigands with Opéra National de Bordeaux and in his début with L’Opéra de Paris-Bastille; and Lakmè with Australian Opera and in Dublin, Ireland.

Having conducted all around Europe, Maestro Joel-Hornak’s talents brought him to countries such as Scotland for productions of Hänsel und Gretel, Aïda, Nabucco, and La traviata, directed by Sir David McVicar, with Scottish Opera; Switzerland for Béatrice et Benedict and Théâtre de la Monai-Bruzelle’s production of Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opéra de Lausanne; Austria for Don Carlo and Chérubin with Tiroler Landestheater; Italy for Orphée aux enfers and Hamlet with Teatro Regio di Torino; Germany for I Medici with Theater Erfurt; Norway for Werther with Den Norske Opera & Ballett; The Netherlands for Ernani with Reise Opera; Ireland for La dame blanche with Wexford Festival Opera; England for Thaïs with Barbican Centre and Don Quixote with English National Opera; and his home country of France for La fanciulla del West and Le roi Arthus with Opéra National de Montpellier,  Samson et Dalila and Mârouf, savetier du Caire with Opéra de Marseille, and a production of Il tritico in Nantes. He also has conducted in Oceania and the Middle East for productions of Werther and Madama Butterfly with New Israeli Opera, Manon with Sydney Opera, Semele with Victoria State Opera, and a symphonic concert with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

In concert, Maestro Joel-Hornak led l’Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne at the Montreux Festival, Orchestre symphonique de Bretagne, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, l’Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie, Orchestre Colonne and Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France in Paris, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra at the Vilnius Festival, the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio di Torino, Het Gelders Orkest in The Netherlands, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, and Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse.

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