Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct his first Wagnerian opera with the Metropolitan Opera next week; a revival of Der fliegende Holländer opening on 25 April with performances on 29 April, 4, 8 & 12 May.
This is the first production Yannick will conduct with the company since he was announced as Music Director in June last year. Next season, Yannick will assume the interim title of Music Director Designate, becoming Music Director in 2020/21.
“Becoming the Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream for me,” said Yannick. “I am truly honoured and humbled by the opportunity to succeed the legendary James Levine and to work with the extraordinary orchestra, chorus, and staff of what I believe is the greatest opera company in the world. I will make it my mission to passionately preserve the highest artistic standards while imagining a new, bright future for our art form.”
Yannick will also conduct the Met’s golden anniversary gala concert on 7 May which will pay tribute to the last half-century of Met history. The 50th special gala will feature some of the greatest artists in opera (including David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Elīna Garanča & Isabel Leonard), performing a mix of repertory that both looks back at great moments from the past five decades and ahead to future seasons. Selections will be heard from such operas as Porgy and Bess, Samson et Dalila, Les Troyens, I Lombardi, and, for the first time since the house opened, Antony and Cleopatra.
- Read Yannick’s interview with the Met about Der fliegende Holländer and the anniversary gala here
- Listen to premiere on 25 April live on the Met’s website