The Metropolitan Opera named Yannick Nézet-Séguin as Music Director Designate starting with the 2017–18 season, and the Canadian-born conductor will assume the title of Music Director in 2020. He made his company debut in 2009 with a new production of Bizet’s Carmen and has since returned every season, conducting new productions of Verdi’s Don Carlo, Gounod’s Faust, and Verdi’s Otello, as well as revivals of Dvořák’s Rusalka, Verdi’s La Traviata, and Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer. This season, he leads Wagner’s Parsifal and Richard Strauss’s Elektra at the Met, as well as performances of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in Baden-Baden. He has been Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2012 and holds the same position with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, where his tenure will come to an end with the 2017–18 season and the orchestra’s centenary celebrations which cumulate in a European tour. Since 2000, he has served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain. In fall 2017, he leads a European tour with the orchestra, the first international tour in the organization’s history.
Maestro Nézet-Séguin has worked with many leading European ensembles and enjoys close collaborations with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, Munich’s Bavarian State Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. From 2008 to 2014, he was Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and the BBC Proms, as well as the festivals of Edinburgh, Lucerne, Grafenegg, Lanaudière, Vail, and Saratoga. He made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2008 with a new production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, returning in 2010 and 2011 for Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Other operatic appearances include at La Scala, Covent Garden, the Dutch National Opera, and the Vienna State Opera. In 2011, he began a cycle of seven Mozart operas for the Festival Hall Baden-Baden, recorded live by Deutsche Grammophon.
In the 2016–17 season, Maestro Nézet-Séguin conducted selections during the Met’s gala celebration of 50 years at Lincoln Center, as well as performances of Wagner’s Lohengrin at the Vienna State Opera and Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito in Baden-Baden, in addition to concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Bavarian State Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, and the Orchestre Métropolitain.
Recent recordings include Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Die Entführung aus dem Serail; the complete symphonies of Schumann and the complete symphonies of Mendelssohn with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (featuring pianist Daniil Trifonov) with the Philadelphia Orchestra; Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic; and an album of duets (Rolando Villazón–Ildar Abrazakov) and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5 with the Orchestre Métropolitain.
Maestro Nézet-Séguin studied piano, conducting, composition, and chamber music at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec in Montreal and choral conducting at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, before going on to study with renowned conductors, most notably Carlo Maria Giulini. His honors include Musical America’s Artist of the Year (2016); Royal Philharmonic Society Award; National Arts Centre Award; Prix Denise-Pelletier; Prix Oskar Morawetz. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Québec in Montreal (2011), Curtis Institute in Philadelphia (2014), Westminster Choir College of Rider University (2015), McGill University in Montreal (2017), and Université de Montréal (2017). He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2012, Companion of the Order of Arts and Letters of Québec in 2015, Officer of the Order of Québec in 2015, and Officer of the Order of Montreal in 2017.