The French conductor has been TDO’s Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director since 2013. Formerly Music Director of Spoleto Festival USA and Chief Conductor of the National Slovenian Philharmonic, he has held both of those positions with the PKF-Prague Philharmonia since 2015. Villaume has triumphed throughout America, leading productions at the Metropolitan Opera and the major companies of Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Santa Fe. He has also appeared at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, all the major French and German houses, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, Venice’s Teatro La Fenice, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Villaume’s guest-conducting of symphonic repertoire has been hailed with the leading orchestras of Montreal, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Los Angeles, and Boston, as well as those of London, Paris, Munich, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Tokyo, and more. Most recently, he received critical acclaim for his Carmen in Munich and Cendrillon at the Met.