Pierre Vallet, conductor. Pierre's recent conducting engagements include Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Gounod’s Faust at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Faust at the Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle with Matthias Goerne and the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra on its debut tour of China and Madama Butterfly at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Other productions include Tannhäuser at L’Opéra National de Paris, Otello, Eugene Onegin and Tannhäuser at Tokyo Opera Nomori and Massenet’s Manon at the Bolshoi in Moscow. Plans include Hänsel & Gretel at the 2014 Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto.
Vallet has been Seiji Ozawa’s long-term musical assistant collaborating together on some forty operatic productions and concerts throughout Japan, the US and Europe. Guest conducting appearances at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan include Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Symphonic work include several appearances at the Spoleto Festival USA, and regular engagements with the Greenwich Village Orchestra (New York), including a Wagner evening with soprano Christine Goerke. Pierre is a long-serving member of the Metropolitan Opera, first as a pianist and coach and later joining the roster of staff conductors. As a pianist, he has performed in duo recitals with some of the world’s most renowned singers, including most recently at the Vienna State Opera with Roberto Alagna.