Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Photo: Marco Borggreve

The Metropolitan Opera in New York 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.

As successor of James Levine 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.

Concurrently, it has been announced that Nézet-Séguin 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.

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