DO general director Keith Czerny, left, present the opera's new music director, Emmanuel Villaume, right

DO general director Keith Czerny, left, and the opera’s new music director, Emmanuel Villaume, right.

Just as their 2012-13 season comes to an end, this morning Dallas Opera general director Keith Czerny announced that a new music director has been selected — only the third in the company’s 56-year history.

Emmanuel Villaume, a French-born conductor, will assume the post later this summer. Villaume Graeme Jenkins, who stepped down following his final turn at the baton with The Aspern Papers last week after serving as music director since 1994.

The Dallas Opera had announced its 2013-14 season lineup already, as well as the conductors for each show, and Villaume was already set to lead the baton for the season kick-off, Carmen. But that will not be his first time before Dallas audiences — he has conducted here in the past.

Subscriptions for season tickets are available starting at $76 for all four productions, and include benefits such as priority seating and exclusive cabaret recitals.