Conductor Patrick Fournillier will start as the National Opera and Ballet’s Principal Guest Conductor in the coming season. Fournillier will conduct Verdi’s Il trovatore (The Troubadour) in spring 2018. His previous appearances at the FNO have been in Thaïs 2015 and 2016 as well as Carmen in 2017.
The French conductor is particularly well-known for his renditions of Italian and French operas. He regularly performs at major opera houses around the world, such as Bayerische Staatsoper, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Fenice in Venice and the Semperoper in Dresden.
In addition to conducting the season’s repertoire, Fournillier will oversee the musical quality of the orchestra.