New York, Metropolitan Opera, Herbst 2018 – Yannick Nézet-Séguin new MET Music Director, IOCO Aktuell, 22.09.2018

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 Herbst 2018 – Neuer Music Director der Met
Yannick Nézet-Seguin folgt James Levine

Im Juni 2018 beendete die Metropolitan Opera (Met) New York alle Zusammenarbeit mit ihrem langjährigen Stardirigenten James Levine (*1943). James Levine war über vierzig Jahre, von 1976 bis 2016, Music Director der Met. Die Met begründete die Entscheidung mit sexuellem Fehlverhalten von James Levine.

Yannick Nézet-Seguin, *6.3.1975 Montreal, beginnt nun, im September 2018, seine Tätigkeit als neuer   Music Director der Met; die Ära James Levine ist nun optisch wie akustisch zu Ende. Die folgende Pressemitteilung der Met schildert Pläne und Erwartungen für die kommende Spielzeit. Sehen, hören Sie den Video-Trailer, unten, zwischen Yannick Nézet-Seguin und Met General Manager Peter Gelb, welcher Pläne und Erwartungen für die Tätigkeit von Nézet-Seguin  als neuem Music Director der Met offenbart.

PM der MET: Accelerating his arrival as Music Director by two seasons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will take up the post in time for the start of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2018–19 season. By freeing up some guest conducting weeks in his busy calendar in both the 2018–19 and 2019–20 seasons, Nézet-Séguin will now be able to conduct three operas and two Met Orchestra concerts at Carnegie Hall in each of those seasons, instead of the two operas per season originally scheduled. With the assumption of the Music Director title in the fall of 2018, Nézet-Séguin will also be taking on the full artistic responsibilities for the orchestra, chorus, and music staff. His full-time collaboration with Met General Manager Peter Gelb on all other artistic matters will also begin at that time. As previously announced, Nézet-Séguin will begin conducting a minimum of five operas per season starting with the 2020–21 season.

The new Music Director will be a significant presence on the podium in the 2018-19 season.In addition to leading the new La Traviata and conducting the two Carnegie Hall concerts, Maestro Nézet-Séguin will also lead revivals of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites.

MET: Yannick Nézet-Séguin im Gespräch mit General Manager Peter Gelb
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The Met’s 2018-19 season opens on September 24 with Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak’s new production of Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, starring Roberto Alagna and Elena Garanca in the title roles. Nico Muhly’s new opera Marnie has its North American premiere a few weeks later, conducted by Robert Spano, with Isabel Leonard in the title role. Marnie is directed by Michael Mayer, whois also responsible for a new La Traviata, conducted by Nézet-Séguin and starring Diana Damrau.The final new production is from Sir David McVicar: Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, starring Anna Netrebko in the title role.

Because of the significant production demands and rehearsal time required by the revival of the Lepage Ring cycle, the Met is presenting only four new productions this season. Wagner’s epic four-opera masterwork, Der Ring des Nibelungen, returns to the Met this season for the first time since 2013. Philippe Jordan, Music Director of the Paris Opera, will lead all three cycles of Robert Lepage’s production, beginning March 9, 2019. Soprano Christine Goerke leads the cast with her first Met performancesas the warrior maiden Brünnhilde.

AIDA an der Metropolitan Opera mit Anna Netrebko
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In addition to the Ring, the season features 18 revivals, including Verdi’s Aida, with Anna Netrebko singing the title role for the first time at the Met; Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, with tenor Jonas Kaufmann returning to the Met to star opposite Eva-Maria Westbroek; and Verdi’s Otello, with Gustavo Dudamel making a highly anticipated Met conducting debut.

“It is wonderful for the entire company that Yannick will assume his duties two seasons ahead of schedule”, said General Manager Peter Gelb.  “The orchestra loves him, the chorus loves him, everyone in the building loves him. He is a truly great artist under whom the Met will only thrive.” Referring to the gift from the Neubauer Family Foundation, Gelb said, “The Met is so fortunate to be the recipient of such enlightened and generous  philanthropy from two of our most loyal supporters, who believe in the power of transformative gifts.”

Yannick Nézet-Séguin said, “The Metropolitan Opera is the greatest opera company in the world and I’m honored to become its next Music Director. I’m eager to continue to collaborate with the Met Orchestra, Chorus, and administration to keep the Met’s artistic standards at the highest level, and to amplify the great work the company already does to reach new audiences and ensure the future of the art form. I have worked with the Neubauers for many years in Philadelphia and know how committed they are to supporting the arts. Their extraordinary generosity for the work of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Met makes this exciting moment even more humbling for me.”

Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer said, Yannick insists on the timeless virtues that have led the Met to the highest standards of artistic expression. But he also adds a new kind of energy, making opera a compelling choice for broader and younger audiences. We believe his enthusiasm, energy, and inspired music-making will continue to be a major asset for the Met and will push the boundaries even further for what great opera can achieve.”

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