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Classical music: The Metropolitan Opera names Yannick Nézet-Séguin as its next music director to succeed James Levine. | June 3, 2016

By Jacob Stockinger

It’s official.

The relatively young, 41-year-old Montreal native and French-Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin (below) has been named by the Metropolitan Opera in New York City to be its next music director.

Yannick Nezet-Seguin close up

The appointment comes just weeks after the retirement of the legendary James Levine, who served for 40 years.

Nézet-Séguin is currently the music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he will remain until 2026. He officially starts his new post at The Met in the 2020-21 season and will serve as interim music director until then.

Here is the story from Opera News:

http://www.operanews.com/Opera_News_Magazine/2016/6/News/Yannick_Nezet-Seguin_Met_Music_Director.html

And here is a long piece about the conductor that appeared in the New York Times. The Ear linked to it in a previous post:

https://welltempered.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/classical-music-should-yannick-nezet-seguin-be-the-metropolitan-operas-next-music-director-here-are-the-pros-and-cons/

 

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2 Comments »

  1. Hopefully we get some beautiful recordings from this. Too few new opera recordings these days.

    Comment by Musicophile — June 3, 2016 @ 8:11 am

  2. He is holding too many other “permanent positions” in widely diverse geographic reasons.

    This is the “star” system but one without much background as yet.

    Comment by fflambeau — June 3, 2016 @ 1:12 am


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