Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

Post by lennygoran » Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:57 am

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

By MICHAEL COOPER FEB. 15, 2018


The Metropolitan Opera, which has been rocked this season by sexual misconduct accusations against its former music director, James Levine, is passing the baton to his successor. And fast.

The company announced on Thursday that Yannick Nézet-Séguin would become its new music director next season, two years ahead of schedule. The accelerated ascension will give much-needed musical stability to the Met, the nation’s largest performing arts organization, which suspended Mr. Levine, its longtime conductor, in December and opened an investigation into his behavior.

“The orchestra and the chorus, they need a leader,” Mr. Nézet-Séguin, 42, said in an interview, noting that a music director didn’t just conduct performances but was also responsible for a host of tasks, such as granting tenure to new musicians and molding the company’s overall sound.

Met officials said that they had been discussing moving up Mr. Nézet-Séguin’s start date long before Mr. Levine’s troubles surfaced in December, and that they had hoped to be able to announce it with the company’s next season. But they said that Mr. Levine’s suspension had given extra impetus to the plan. The sped-up succession was unveiled along with the 2018-19 season, which will feature the Met debut of the conductor Gustavo Dudamel; the planned return of the elusive tenor Jonas Kaufmann; a revival of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle; and four new productions.


The season will open on Sept. 24 with Darko Tresnjak’s new staging of Saint-Saëns’s “Samson et Dalila,” starring Elina Garanca and Roberto Alagna. Michael Mayer will direct both Nico Muhly’s Hitchcockian “Marnie” and Verdi’s “La Traviata,” with Diana Damrau. Anna Netrebko will star in David McVicar’s new production of Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur.”

Mr. Nézet-Séguin, who is also the music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will conduct three productions next season (“La Traviata” and revivals of Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande” and Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites”) as well as two Met Orchestra concerts at Carnegie Hall; beginning in 2020, he will lead at least five operas a year. The Met said that in recognition of a new $15 million gift from the Neubauer Family Foundation, he would officially be the Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director.


Asked how he viewed the case of Mr. Levine, and whether he felt the company needed healing, Mr. Nézet-Séguin was circumspect. “For me, I see my own curve with the institution, and I’m focused on this, solely,” he said, adding that the more he got to know the workings of the opera house and its company, the more eager he was to begin.

“I know what I want to do, and I just needed to have the time to start doing it,” he added.

Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, predicted in an interview that Mr. Nézet-Séguin’s arrival would cheer the entire company.

“The Met, obviously, has suffered from what happened with Jim,” he said. “And I would say the healing process began the day Yannick set foot in the building conducting rehearsals of ‘Parsifal,’ because the orchestra and the chorus clearly gravitate to him.”


Some musicians said that they were ecstatic about the move. Jessica Phillips, a clarinetist and the chairwoman of the Met’s orchestra committee, said in an email, “As fellow musicians excited by Yannick’s vision for the future, it is our hope that the Met’s inspired investment in his brilliance underscores its commitment to the musical artists and artistry that are the lifeblood of the Met Opera.”

The company’s investigation of Mr. Levine, who was suspended after The New York Times reported the accusations of four men who said that he had sexually abused them when they were teenagers or his students, continues. Mr. Levine has denied the accusations.

Next season will feature a number of notable conducting debuts. Mr. Dudamel, the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will conduct Verdi’s “Otello.” Robert Spano, of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, will conduct “Marnie”; James Gaffigan, “La Bohème”; and Cornelius Meister, “Don Giovanni.”

A number of Met favorites will make star turns. Mr. Kaufmann, who has canceled his last three planned appearances at the Met, is set to return in a revival of Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West.” Mr. Gelb said that since Mr. Kaufmann had made it clear that he does not wish to leave his home in Germany for long stretches of time, Mr. Gelb had offered to “tailor-make” repertoire for him to sing when he is free.

In addition to the title role of “Adriana Lecouvreur,” Ms. Netrebko will sing Verdi’s Aida. Sonya Yoncheva will star in Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and reprise her Desdemona in “Otello,” with Stuart Skelton in the title role. Christine Goerke will bring her acclaimed Brünnhilde to the Met for the first time in the “Ring,” Plácido Domingo will sing in Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” and “La Traviata.”

Javier Camarena will star in Bizet’s “Les Pêcheurs de Perles”; Juan Diego Flórez will sing Alfredo in “La Traviata”; and Michael Fabiano will star in “La Bohème” and Boito’s “Mefistofele.” The mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton will sing Fricka in the “Ring.”

Anita Rachvelishvili, who scored a major success this season as Azucena in Verdi’s “Il Trovatore,” will sing Amneris to Ms. Netrebko’s Aida and the Princess de Bouillon to her Adriana Lecouvreur, as well as Dalila in some performances. The baritone Quinn Kelsey will get two plum Verdi assignments: Giorgio Germont in “La Traviata” and Aida’s father, Amonasro.

Mr. Nézet-Séguin said that he had been happy to rearrange his schedule and cancel a number of appearances in Europe to make the directorship and added performances possible. But he will be busy, he acknowledged in New York on Tuesday at the end of the interview — which he joined after traveling from Philadelphia, where he had announced in the morning that he would be leading the Philadelphia Orchestra on a tour of Israel.

When the interview was over, he got up, saying that he needed some time to rest before his next engagement: the nearly six-hour “Parsifal.”

“There’s a tiny show that’s coming up tonight,” he said with a smile.



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Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

Post by maestrob » Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:48 am

This is excellent news! ........And notice that Nezet-Seguin is leading 2 French operas out of only 3 productions, which is as it should be. He is an exciting conductor who produces excellent results. Now if only Gelb would continue the PBS broadcasts so I can hear him!

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Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

Post by John F » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:21 pm

maestrob wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:48 am
Now if only Gelb would continue the PBS broadcasts so I can hear him!
Is there any question of that? According to the Met's press release, both the radio broadcasts on the Met's radio network and the HD transmissions to theaters and on PBS will continue next season.
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Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

Post by maestrob » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:51 pm

John F wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:21 pm
maestrob wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:48 am
Now if only Gelb would continue the PBS broadcasts so I can hear him!
Is there any question of that? According to the Met's press release, both the radio broadcasts on the Met's radio network and the HD transmissions to theaters and on PBS will continue next season.
I said that because Len has mentioned a couple of PBS broadcasts recently in his area that I haven't been able to see: I wonder if there's a blackout in NYC? Haven't heard anything specific, so I'm only speculating.

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Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

Post by John F » Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:40 pm

That's strange. Channel 13, PBS's flagship station in NYC, always telecasts the Met's HD shows, or it always has whenever I wanted to watch them. Can't you receive 13 where you are?
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Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

Post by lennygoran » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:52 pm

maestrob wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:51 pm
I said that because Len has mentioned a couple of PBS broadcasts recently in his area that I haven't been able to see: I wonder if there's a blackout in NYC? Haven't heard anything specific, so I'm only speculating.
Brian PBS did Norma a while ago and I DVRed it and already have it copied onto a VCR tape. Regards, Len

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Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

Post by lennygoran » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:56 pm

maestrob wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:51 pm
I said that because Len has mentioned a couple of PBS broadcasts recently in his area that I haven't been able to see: I wonder if there's a blackout in NYC? Haven't heard anything specific, so I'm only speculating.
Brian a followup-I alerted the forum in this thread. Regards, Len

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Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

Post by maestrob » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:49 am

lennygoran wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:52 pm
maestrob wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:51 pm
I said that because Len has mentioned a couple of PBS broadcasts recently in his area that I haven't been able to see: I wonder if there's a blackout in NYC? Haven't heard anything specific, so I'm only speculating.
Brian PBS did Norma a while ago and I DVRed it and already have it copied onto a VCR tape. Regards, Len
Right Len, I remember that thread, but I checked the schedule that PBS sends me, and it wasn't listed. :evil:

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Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

Post by lennygoran » Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:35 pm

maestrob wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:49 am
Right Len, I remember that thread, but I checked the schedule that PBS sends me, and it wasn't listed. :evil:
Brian I still have my Thirteen magazine for Jan and sure enough they didn't list it there-it must have been a last minute decision to show it-I go to Thirteen right on my DVR and check the schedule there for a week and that's how I knew about it. But sure enough it's not in the pamphlet! Regards, Len

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Post by John F » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:22 pm

Was that the opening night of the season? I believe the Met shows it for free on HD screens outside the Met, and this year maybe they also made it available to Channel 13 - from what you say, possibly at the last minute. Under the circumstances, other PBS channels may have decided not to disrupt their scheduled Friday programming for an opera. But the Met's press release (i.e. Peter Gelb) definitely says that the HD shows transmitted to theatres will later be shown on PBS. If your local channel doesn't do those telecasts, you'd certainly have a basis for complaint to them and possibly to Gelb as well.
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Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

Post by lennygoran » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:50 am

John F wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:22 pm
Was that the opening night of the season?
John that's a good point and probably explains it--Norma did begin the Met season this year! It was a superb wonderful new production. Regards, Len

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Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

Post by maestrob » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:13 pm

John F wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:22 pm
Was that the opening night of the season? I believe the Met shows it for free on HD screens outside the Met, and this year maybe they also made it available to Channel 13 - from what you say, possibly at the last minute. Under the circumstances, other PBS channels may have decided not to disrupt their scheduled Friday programming for an opera. But the Met's press release (i.e. Peter Gelb) definitely says that the HD shows transmitted to theatres will later be shown on PBS. If your local channel doesn't do those telecasts, you'd certainly have a basis for complaint to them and possibly to Gelb as well.
Rats! I check every day through both the brochure (I'm a contributor) and the channel guide for Spectrum, and not only was Norma not listed, but there were no advertisements either on the TV. IIRC, they were broadcasting a concert with Cheryl Crow! Whew! what a difference. :roll:

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