Is Yannick Worth The Wait?

Anthony Tommassini looks at the fact that the Met Opera’s new music director, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, is not scheduled to take over until 2020-2021 and wonders: ‘What is surprising, though, and concerning, is how long the Met is willing to go without a music director, even an interim appointment. After becoming director designate in 2017, Mr. Nézet-Séguin does not officially begin his tenure until the start of the 2020-21 season. To put this time lag in perspective, whichever presidential candidate is elected in November could be in the final stage of a re-election campaign when Mr. Nézet-Séguin takes the podium as the Met’s music director. Even then, he is committing to only five productions during that season because he will continue to hold another time-consuming post as music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra.’

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