Nézet-Séguin to take four-week conducting break in January

Posted on: December 2, 2021

“Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Metropolitan Opera’s music director, will not conduct, as planned, a revival of Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ in January, the company announced,” writes Zachary Woolfe in Monday’s (11/29) New York Times. “Nézet-Séguin will be ‘taking a brief, almost four-week sabbatical from all conducting duties commencing Dec. 19,’ the Met said, and quoted him as adding, ‘This short break will allow time for me to re-energize as we return in the new year …’ The Philadelphia Orchestra, of which Nézet-Séguin is also music director, announced that Xian Zhang would take over his scheduled concerts on Dec. 31 and Jan. 2, but said that his time off would not affect his appearance with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall on Jan. 11, nor two subsequent weeks of subscription concerts in Philadelphia in January. Nézet-Séguin … is currently in the midst of leading the Met’s run of Matthew Aucoin and Sarah Ruhl’s ‘Eurydice.’ … He conducts Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ at the Met from Thursday through Dec. 18, as well as a new production of Verdi’s ‘Don Carlos’ that opens on Feb. 28. For the ‘Figaro’ run, which opens on Jan. 8, Nézet-Séguin will be replaced by Daniele Rustioni … and … Gareth Morrell.”