I am very, very happy to announce that today, Thursday, June 2nd, the Opera World received with happiness the annoucement of Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin as the New Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera.
This is the first time in four decades that the Metropolitan Opera has a new Music Director.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who is actually the music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, is one of the most brilliant conductors of this generation and all Opera lovers around the world, specially the MET followers are more than happy of having Maestro Nézet-Séguin as the new Music Director.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin brings a special energy and passion while conducting and it is always a huge pleasure and joy to watch him conduct and I feel that Peter Gelb and the MET Council made an excellent and very wise choice.
All of us who watch and follow the Operas of the MET are very, very lucky to have Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin as the new music Director.
I have seen him conduct many operas and concerts, including the recent MET’s production of Verdi’s masterpiece “OTELLO” with Aleksandrs Antoņenko, Željko Lučić and Sonya Yoncheva in which in my opinion, it was one of the greatest performances of Otello ever precisely because of the brilliant and marvelous conducting of Maestro Nézet-Séguin.
Another extraordinary Opera experience was with the MET’s 2014 production of Dvorak’s “Rusalka” with Renée Fleming and Piotr Beczala in which Maestro Nézet-Séguin brought more poetry to the already beautiful music of Antonín Dvorak.
Another wonderful moment of Maestro Nézet-Séguin that I loved and I highly recommend to all music lovers to listen is the marvelous “The Nutcracker” concert. In this concert, you will notice the passion and love that Maestro Nézet-Séguin has for music:
BUT, unfortunately, we will still have to wait for a few more years though, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will not officially take up the Met post until the 2020-21 season, leaving the company without a full-time music director in the meantime.
I feel that, after the also extraordinary and legendary Maestro James Levine made his annoucement of his retirement in this last spring, we all are very lucky to have now Yannick Nézet-Séguin as the new Music Director of the MET and I want to congratulate to Peter Gelb for this excellent decision.
CONGRATULATIONS Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin!!!!!!!!