Credit : Marco Borggreve
New York’s Metropolitan Opera has announced that Yannick Nézet-Séguin is to be the company’s new music director. The 41-year-old French-Canadian conductor succeeds James Levine, who held the position for 40 years but retires at the end of this current season.
Nézet-Séguin will not take up his position officially until the 2020-21 season due to existing commitments. During the interim period, Nézet-Séguin assumes the title music director designate and will conduct two operas a season, although he will be involved from the outset in the company’s artistic planning. Levine will be music director emeritus.
Nézet-Séguin made his Met debut in 2009 conducting Bizet’s Carmen.Nézet-Séguin has since conducted Don Carlos, Rusalka and La Traviata there, and opened the 2015-16 season with Verdi’s Otello.