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15 February 2018

Yannick Nézet-Séguin to Become Metropolitan Opera Music Director During Met's 2018-19 Season, Two Seasons Earlier Than Planned

2018-19 Season to Feature New Productions of Samson et Dalila, Traviata, Adriana Lecouvreur, North-American Premiere of Nico Muhly's Manie, Three Complete Ring Cycles

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin
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THE METROPOLITAN OPERA announced today that conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin will become the company's music director in September 2018, two seasons earlier than the company had previously announced at the time of his appointment in June 2016.

Nézet-Séguin's accelerated timeline means that he will now take on the full responsibilities of the company's music directorship at the beginning of the Met's 2018-19 season — details of which were also announced today — and will also assume full artistic responsibilities for the Met orchestra, chorus and music staff, in addition to a full-time collaboration with the Met general manager Peter Gelb on all other artistic matters. According to the Met, Nézet-Séguin will be able to take on the full responsibilities as its music director earlier than announced by freeing up some guest conducting commitments during both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 season. As a result, Nézet-Séguin will be able to lead three operas and two Met Orchestra concerts at Carnegie Hall during each of those seasons. During the Met's 2020-21 season Nézet-Séguin will begin conducting a minimum of five operas each season. 

The Met also announced that the Neubauer Family Foundation — founding sponsors of the Met’s Live in HD transmissions to movie theaters — has made a $15 million gift to name the Met Music Director position in recognition of Nézet-Séguin’s appointment. In honor of the gift, the post will now be called the Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director, marking the first time in the company's history that the role has carried a name. 

The Met's 2018-19 season will open on September 24 with Darko Tresnjak’s new production of Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila, which will be conducted by Sir Mark Elder and will star Roberto Alagna and Elīna Garanča in the title roles. The Met will also present the North American premiere of Nico Muhly’s new opera Marnie. Based on Winston Graham’s novel, the opera will be conducted by Robert Spano and will feature Isabel Leonard in the title role of a production directed by Michael Mayer; Christopher Maltman sings Mark Garland and Iestyn Davies sings the role of Terry. Mayer will also direct the Met's new production of La Traviata, which will play under the baton of Nézet-Séguin in his first opera as the company's music director; Diana Damrau sings Violetta, Juan Diego Flórez sings Alfredo and Quinn Kelsey takes on the role of Germont when the new production premieres in December. The final new production of the season will open on New Year's Eve, when Anna Netrebko takes on the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur in David McVicar's production; Piotr Beczala will sing the role of Maurizio and Anita Rachvelishvili sings the Principessa de Bouillon. Gianandrea Noseda will conduct the performances of Cilea’s tragedy. 

The Met will also present three complete cycles of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen during the 2018-19 season. Conducted by Philippe Jordan, Music Director of the Paris Opera, the spring performances will feature Christine Goerke in the role of Brünnhilde; Greer Grimsley and Michael Volle in the role of Wotan; Stefan Vinke and Andreas Schager as Siegfried; Eva-Maria Westbroek's Sieglinde; Stuart Skelton as Siegmund; Jamie Barton as Fricka; Tomasz Konieczny as Alberich; Karen Cargill as Erda; Sarah Connolly as Waltraute; Gerhard Siegel as Mime; Evgeny Nikitin as Gunther; Dmitry Belosselskiy and Günther Groissböck as Fafner and Falsolt; and Eric Owens as Hagen. 

In addition to its new productions and Ring cycles, the Met will feature a number of repertory highlights. Anna Netrebko will make her Met role debut in September performances of Aida that will also feature Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris; in January Sondra Radvanovsky will take on the tile role of Sonja Frisell’s production. 

Jonas Kaufmann will returns to the Met to star as Dick Johnson in the company's revival of La Fanciulla del West. Eva-Maria Westbroek will sing the role of Minnie in Giancarlo Del Monaco’s production. Tenor Yusif Eyvazov will also sing performances as Dick Johnson and Željko Lučić will take on the role of Jack Rance. 

The company's production of Tosca, new this season, will be revived for performances in October 2018 that will feature Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role alongside Joseph Calleja as Cavaradossi and Wolfgang Koch as Scarpia. 

A revival of Sir Richard Eyre's production of Carmen, conducted by Omer Meir Wellber, will feature Clémentine Margaine in the title role alongside Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as Don José, Guanqun Yu as Micaëla and Kyle Ketelsen as Escamillo. 

In November, Robert Carsen's production of Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele will receive its first revival since the show's 2000 premiere. Christian Van Horn will sing the title role alongside Michael Fabiano's Faust and Angela Meade as Margherita. 

Soprano Pretty Yende will start in the company's revival of Les Pêcheurs de Perles in November, along with Javier Camarena and Mariusz Kwiecień as Nadir and Zurga. 

In November, Jack O'Brien's iconic production of Il Trittico will return to the Met repertoire. Amber Wagner will sing the role of Giorgetta to Marcelo Alvarez's Luigi, with George Gagnidze and Lucio Gallo as Michele in Il Tabarro. Kristine Opolais takes on the title role in Suor Angelica, and Plácido Domingo will take on the title role in Gianni Schicci. Stephanie Blythe will sing Frugola in Tabarro, the Principessa in Suor Angelica, and Zita in Gianni Schicchi. The performances will be conducted by Bertrand de Billy.

Gustavo Dudamel will make his Met debut on December 14, conducting performances of Verdi's Otello that will feature Stuart Skelton in the tile role and Sonya Yoncheva as Desdemona. 

The Met will again present its abbreviated English-language version of The Magic Flute as a holiday-season offering. The performances, conducted by Harry Bicket, will feature Erin Morley as Pamina, Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, Ben Bliss as Tamino, Nathan Gunn as Papageno, Morris Robinson as Sarastro, and Brenton Ryan as Monostatos. 

A January revival of Jonathan Miller’s production of Pelléas et Mélisande will play under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin and will feature Isabel Leonard as Mélisande, Paul Appleby as Pelléas, Marie-Nicole Lemieux as Geneviève, Kyle Ketelsen as Golaud and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Arkel.

The Met will also revive Mariusz Treliński’s double-bill of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle in January.  Sonya Yoncheva will sing the title role in the Tchaikovsky, joined by  Matthew Polenzani as Count Vaudémont; the Bartók will feature Gerald Finley's Bluebeard and Angela Denoke as Judith. Henrik Nánási will makes his Met debut to leading both operas. 

Luca Pisaroni and Peter Mattei will sing Don Giovanni in performances that will also featurefeature Rachel Willis-Sørensen and Guanqun Yu as Donna Anna, Susanna Phillips as Donna Elvira, Aida Garifullina making her Met debut and Serena Malfi as Zerlina, and Stanislas de Barbeyrac in his company debut sharing the role fo Don Ottavio with Pavol Breslik. Ildar Abdrazakov and Adam Plachetka will sing  Leporello. Cornelius Meister makes his company debut leading the performances, which begin on January 30. 

A revival of Laurent Pelly’s production of La Fille du Régiment will feature Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena as Marie and Tonio, Stephanie Blythe as the Marquise of Berkenfield and Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro in the role of Sergeant Sulpice. Enrique Mazzola conducts Donizetti's 

Roberto Frontali and George Gagnidze will sing the the title role in performances of Rigoletto that will also star Nadine Sierra and Rosa Feola as Gilda and Vittorio Grigolo and Bryan Hymel as the Duke. Nicola Luisotti conducts Verdi's score. 

Ambrogio Maestri will take on the title role in a revival of Robert Carsen's production of Falstaff, conducted by Richard Farnes. Ailyn Pérez will sing the role of Alice, Juan Jesús Rodríguez sings Ford, Golda Schultz takes on the role of Nannetta and Marie-Nicole Lemieux sings Mistress Quickly.

Matthew Polenzani will add a new Mozart role to his repertoire when he takes on the title role in performances of La Clemenza di Tito in the spring of 2019. Joyce DiDonato will sing Sesto for the first time at the Met and Elza van den Heever sings the role of Vitellia; joining them will be the  Ying Fang's Servilia, Christian Van Horn's Publio and Paula Murrihy. 

In May, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct a revival of John Dexter’s production of Dialogues des Carmélites featuring Isabel Leonard as Blanche de la Force, Adrianne Pieczonka as Mme. Lidoine, Erin Morley returning as Sister Constance, David Portillo as Chevalier de la Force, and Karita Mattila as the First Prioress.

Now in its twelfth year, the Met will present ten Live in HD transmissions during the 2018-19 season, beginning with the October 6  performance of Aida. The series will continue with transmissions of Samson et Dalila (October 20), La Fanciulla del West (October 27), Marnie (November 10), La Traviata (December 15), Adriana Lecouvreur (January 12), Carmen (February 2), La Fille du Régiment (March 2), Die Walküre (March 30) and Dialogues des Carmélites (May 11). spacer 

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