The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Yannick Nézet-Séguin answers his critics who question why the wait and what is his vision | June 11, 2016

By Jacob Stockinger

One week ago, Yannick Nézet-Séguin (below) was named the new music director of the Metropolitan Opera.

Yannick Nezet-Seguin close up

He will start full-time in 2020.

Here is a link to the post with the announcement in Opera News:

https://welltempered.wordpress.com/2016/06/03/classical-music-the-metropolitan-opera-names-yannick-nezet-seguin-as-its-next-music-director-to-succeed-james-levine/

But some critics were quick to question the choice and to wonder why he is waiting so long to officially start his new post. (He will also remain as head of the Philadelphia Orchestra until 2026.)

Chief among them were two critics for The New York Times: Zachary Woolfe and Anthony Tommasini.

Here are posts with their opinion pieces, first the one by Woolfe and then the one by Tommasini:

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/

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/03/arts/music/is-yannick-nzet-sguin-worth-the-wait-at-the-met.html?_r=0

But the young conductor (below in a photo by Getty Images) proved he can ably respond, which he did in an interview with the Deceptive Cadence blog by NPR or National Public Radio.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin CR Getty Images

Here he is, answering his critics and explaining the time lag as well has his plans and his vision of the future at the Met:

http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2016/06/03/480638340/the-metropolitan-opera-baton-passes-to-yannick-n-zet-s-guin

The Ear finds him convincing and thinks he wins when it comes to arguing with his critics.

What do you think?

The Ear wants to hear.

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1 Comment »

  1. I think that this is the classic example of an ambitious and talented young man biting off more than he can chew. Let’s not forget that in addition to becoming the new head of the Met, he is also leading the esteemed Philadelphia Orchestra (long term contract); AND, he is the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montréal)’s musical director until 2021; and he is the principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic until 2021 and thereafter its Eredirigent (honorary conductor).

    These are all important posts and it is simply impossible for any single person to hold them all and do justice to them. It is also another example of the “star system” gone mad. Is he really that good?

    His history is actually quite brief and the Met has many other choices.

    Comment by fflambeau — June 11, 2016 @ 7:46 am


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