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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Breaking: Yannick Nézet-Séguin appointed Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera

plus extends his tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra

The Metropolitan Opera announced today that Yannick Nézet-Séguin will be the company’s new Music Director from the 2020/21 season, becoming only the third conductor to hold this title in the house’s 133-year history. 
He will assume the title of Music Director Designate from the 2017/18 season, conducting two operas a season, then five a season once he becomes Music Director in September 2020. His artistic involvement will begin immediately, and as Music Director he will have artistic authority over the orchestra, chorus and music staff, and will work together with Met General Manager Peter Gelb to oversee the planning and casting of each Met season. Next season, he will conduct his first Wagner opera with the company, a revival of ‘Der Fliegende Holländer’. 
Concurrently, it has been announced that Yannick will extend his tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra – of which he has been Music Director since 2012 – until the 2025/26 season. 
He will remain Principal Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic until the end of the 2017/18 season, also retaining his Music Directorship of Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain and continuing his regular guest conducting appearances in Europe. 
Of the announcements, Yannick says: “I never imagined that I could live the dream of leading the legendary and magnificent Philadelphia Orchestra and I now embrace with great joy and eagerness the chance to deepen my connection with this sensationally musical city and to share the music-making, both in the concert hall and the wider community, for at least a further decade – I have so many ideas! To be able to do this, while simultaneously fulfilling my lifelong dream to become Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera and its extraordinary orchestra, chorus and staff was irresistible to me; I am truly honoured and humbled to succeed the legendary James Levine as leader of what I believe is the greatest opera company in the world. I will make it my mission to preserve the highest artistic standards for both institutions, while imagining a new, bright future for our art form. I am the luckiest MD on earth today."
Donagh Collins, Chief Executive of Askonas Holt says, “What a pleasure for Askonas Holt to partner with Yannick on these exciting announcements for the future. Alongside my colleagues Rona Eastwood and Rupert Chandler, I have enjoyed partnering with Peter Gelb and Allison Vulgamore to make Yannick’s dream a reality, ensuring that he can be a successful Music Director at both The Metropolitan Opera and The Philadelphia Orchestra into the long-term – two amazing institutions which are located relatively close to one another ... thankfully!”
Source: Askonas Holt

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