Emmanuel Plasson


Emmanuel Plasson

Bizet: Les pêcheurs des perles / New York City Opera

“Emmanuel Plasson, son of Michel, conducted with stubborn suavity, breadth and grace.”

The New York Times


“Emmanuel Plasson, son of Michel, conducted the light-weight, deceptively mellifluous score with élan.”



Bizet: Les pêcheurs des perles / Tulsa Opera

“Conductor Emmanuel Plasson’s tempos were well judged, and the orchestra well for him all evening. Plasson was considerate of his singers, none of whom have huge voices; he kept the volume of the orchestra from overpowering the stage, allowing his cast to sing with greater subtlety. There was also excellent coordinate with the many off stage solos and choruses. Perhaps the luxury of having a French conductor conduct a French opera accounts for the very high level of French diction from everyone stage.”

Opera News


Chabrier: L’Étoile / New York City Opera

”Emmanuel Plasson conducted a lithe rendition of the sophisticated and harmonically rich score…”

The New York Times


“Emmanuel Plasson, the son of the great Toulouse Chef d’Orchestre Michel Plasson, coaxes fleet and stylish playing from the pit.”

The New Yorker


“Emmanuel Plasson conducted with a fine feeling both for the score’s verve and for its charm…”



“The production also had two secret weapons: the idiomatic French conducting of Emmanuel Plasson and the wit and style of Jean-Paul Fouchécourt.”

The Wall Street Journal


Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment / Hamburg State Opera

“The first introductory sounds of the overture played cleanly and softly by the horns were a good omen for the masterly craft which Emmanuel Plasson displayed in the precise portrayal he elicited from the Hamburg Philharmonic.”

Die Welt


Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Boston Lyric Opera

“The orchestra does a terrific job for conductor Emmanuel Plasson, the son of the eminent French conductor Michel Plasson; the younger Plasson propels the ensembles with lots of energy, but also accompanies the Bel Canto vocal lines sympathetically.”

The Boston Globe


Donizetti: Parisina d’Este / Dynamic CD

“…the conductor, Emmanuel Plasson, does a thoroughly good job in bringing out flavours and feelings which occasionally put one in mind of Verdi's Don Carlos.”



Gounod: Faust / Opera Australia

“On a night blessed with exceptional singing, first class honours were nevertheless taken by French conductor Emmanuel Plasson, making an Australian debut of great distinction.”

The Australian


Gounod: Faust / Théâtre du Capitole du Toulouse

“He enflames the orchestra with an alert rhythm and a subtle melodic transparency.”



“At the head of L’Orchestre national du Capitole, Emmanuel Plasson carries the performance with energy and conviction.”

La Dépèche du Midi


Gounod: Faust / Opéra de Montréal

“Under the baton of Emmanuel Plasson, the Orchestre Métropolitain, truly transfigured, details every page of the masterpiece of Gounod with an extraordinary sense of nuances. One does not know what to admire the most: the remarkable work of the woods, the fineness of the strings, the precision of the brass ... But above all, this evidence never taken in default of the exact rhythm, the dramatic sense that imposes itself Itself. Emmanuel Plasson is also a leader who knows how to breathe with his singers, to support them when necessary and to galvanize the choristers with a communicative enthusiasm.”

Avant-Scéne Opèra


“Emmanuel Plasson, conducting with true Gallic finesse and elegance, drew luminous sounds from the orchestra…



Gounod: Roméo et Juliette / Kentucky Opera

”…the music is consistently romantic and atmospheric, showcased beautifully here by the Louisville Orchestra as conducted by Emmanuel Plasson.”



Massenet: Manon / Dallas Opera

“…Emmanuel Plasson, son of the better known Michel, led the excellent Dallas Opera Orchestra in a lean, idiomatic and well paced reading of the score.”

Opera Japonica


Massenet: Manon / Opera Australia

“Emmanuel Plasson’s conducting was crisp, assured and subtle.”



“Conductor Emmanuel Plasson leads the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in a performance of sprightly lyricism, reveling in the score’s prettiness without completely overindulging.”

The Opera Critic


Massenet: Werther / Opera Aysutralia

“Conductor Emmanuel Plasson puts a winningly French stamp upon the work, carefully blending sincerity and syrup to give Massenet’s rich, emotionally vivid score plenty of space to breathe and blossom.”

The Opera Critic


“Conductor Emmanuel Plasson leads a well coordinated and balanced orchestra, playing with reserved precision early and growing expressiveness and power towards the end.”

The Sydney Morning Herald


 Offenbach: Les contes d’Hoffmann / Cincinnati Opera

“The orchestra…played for conducted Emmanuel Plasson with energy and verve.”

Cincinnati Post


Offenbach: Les contes d’Hoffmann / Hamburg State Opera

“Emmanuel Plasson conducts with a sure hand an unerring feeling for the sparkling Offenbach sound.”

Der Spiegel


“The French conductor Emmanuel Plasson convinced the audience with his clear concepts of the ever-changing facets of the Offenbach score which repeatedly changes abruptly from the pleasant operetta style to dark, obsessive, anguished melodies. Alternating a light touch with a burning, surging force, he led the Philharmonic Orchestra skillfully with keenness, warmth and wit.”

Deutsche-Presse Agentur GmbH


“The responsive orchestra played with fine style under Emmanuel Plasson.”

Opera Today


Offenbach: Orphée aux Enfers / Opera Australia

“…the effervescent French conductor Emmanuel Plasson, whose riotous can-can left them all high-kicking in the aisles.”



Offenbach: La Périchole / New York City Opera

“…with the fine French conductor Emmanuel Plasson in charge, the orchestra gives a stylish and confident account of Offenbach’s breezy and tuneful score.”

The New York Times


Verdi: La traviata / Opera Australia

“Plasson handles the precipitous recitatives and expansive arias well, with a mixture of leadership and spontaneity…”

The Sydney Morning Herald


Berlioz, Beethoven, Saint-Saëns / Royal Scottish National Orchestra

“Fast, furious and thrilling…the Royal Scottish National Orchestra gave its all for the French conductor Emmanuel Plasson with playing of such fanaticism, power and commitment that it held the audience spellbound.”

The Daily Telegraph


Couperin, Lalo, Gounod / Dukas / Auckland Philharmonia

“Plasson then showed us just what a Frenchman can do with Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin. In the Prelude, woodwind lines danced with just the right resiliencies, phrases seemed to billow in the breeze, and dynamic were shaded in delicate watercolor. One sighed with the delicious (and restrained) rubato in the minuet, and it was a revelation to hear the delicacy and ingenuity of Ravel’s colorings.”

New Zealand Herald


Debussy, Lalo, Franck, Milhaud / BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

“Best of all was the Milhaud. Plasson brought out the burlesque and irreverent fun it is deliciously off-kilter bitonal passages, but did so with the essential degree of conviction and application.”

Glasgow Herald


Ravel, Scriabin, Saint-Saëns / Queensland Symphony Orchestra

“Maestro Plasson was excellent: sensuous and passionate in his approach, he explored the nuances of the work (Scriabin) producing rich texture and colour from the orchestra…the whole (Saint-Saëns) was brought together strongly by Plasson in the final Allegro movement in a rousing and powerful climax.”

Courier Mail


Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Liadov, Mussorgsky / Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

“Emmanuel Plasson had the right vehicle to make his impressive debut with the BSO for (the Mussorgsky) was razor sharp in tuttis and immensely subtle…Plasson managed the build of tension in the Finale making the Parade through Kiev’s invisible gate spectacular.”

Daily Echo


Rossini, Canteloube, Mussorgsky / Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

“Plasson whipped up his forces…and the exertion of the abrupt dynamic alternations and string working was impressive…Plasson took a demonstrative approach, ensuring that the pictures were detailed and glistening, emphasizing the velocity of Baba-Yaga, the enormous power of Bydlo and bringing The Great Gate of Kiev to a crushingly powerful conclusion.”

The Age


 Ashton Quadruple Bill / The Royal Ballet, London

“Ashton lived grandly again for us in this programme, and given that someone may remind casts in Scènes de Ballet to obey the wit of Stravinsky’s music and study the intricacies of Ashton’s patterns, this small, potent masterpiece will again prove a dazzling reminder of choreographic genius. I much admired Emmanuel Plasson’s conducting of the scores.”

The Financial Times


Triple Bill / The Royal Ballet, London

“Nijinska’s Les biches, made for Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes in 1924, is sweet and sharp-tongued. Poulenc’s score, brightly conducted by Emmanuel Plasson, has hints of jazz, irony, sourness.”

The Independent


Emmanuel Plasson conducts Fauré‘s Élégie in C Minor