Short Biography 2023
Praised for the elegance and intensity of his interpretations, Vallet is a frequent guest conductor with the world’s great opera companies. Performance highlights include Madama Butterfly and Faust at the Metropolitan Opera; Tannhäuser and Carmen at L’Opéra National de Paris; Samson et Dalila and Carmen at The Dallas Opera; Orfeo at Opera Theater Saint Louis; Don Carlo at the Lithuanian National Opera Theater; La Juive at the Göteborg Opera, Sweden; Faust at the Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona.
Elsewhere he has conducted Eugene Onegin, Tannhäuser, and Otello at Tokyo Opera Nomori; L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, Cendrillon (Isouard), Angélique (Ibert) and Le Portrait de Manon (Massenet) at the Manhattan School of Music in New York; Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Hänsel and Gretel at the Saito Kinen Festival; Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle in Shanghai and Beijing; Madama Butterfly at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan; and Massenet’s Manon at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. His North American premiere performance of Persée et Andromède by Ibert was selected by the New York Times as one of the top ten classical performances in New York in 2016.
For the past 22 years he has been on the staff of the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Maestro Vallet's symphonic work includes appearances at the RPO in London; the Camerata Royal in Bucharest; the Filarmonica Brasov; the National Philharmonic of Chisinau, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Spoleto Festival USA.
With the RPO and Elizabeth Sombart he recorded Chopin’s piano concertos and the complete concertos by Beethoven, which was nominated by Classical Music Magazine as one the ten best recordings released for the Beethoven’s 250th anniversary. For Albany Records, he recorded the opera Cendrillon by Nicolò Isouard that he helped restore to its original 1810 version.
Pierre Vallet studied conducting with Seiji Ozawa, piano with Louis Hiltbrand in Geneva and Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He is a graduate of L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.
Pierre Vallet resides in Manhattan for the past 33 years.