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An Extraordinary Moment—Yannick Extends His Philadelphia Orchestra Contract and Is Named Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera

June 02, 2016

It’s a great day for The Philadelphia Orchestra, the City of Philadelphia, and the entire music world. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin has renewed his deep commitment to the institution by extending his tenure through the 2025-26 season. With the Orchestra’s legacy of great music directors, we are poised for at least another decade of Yannick’s superb leadership. Announced simultaneously was his being named music director of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, starting with the 2020-21 season.


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“I never imagined that I could live the dream of having the legendary and magnificent Philadelphia Orchestra in my life, so it is with great joy that I extend my commitment to be present on Philadelphia’s podium for at least another 10 years,” said Yannick. “I have well over a decade’s worth of ideas to bring to the stage and into the community, and I look forward to growing even more connected to this extraordinarily musical city. Now, becoming music director of the premier and most extraordinary Metropolitan Opera is double the dream. To have the chance to make music with both these amazing institutions was irresistible to me. I am, without doubt, the luckiest music director in the world today.”

By the time Yannick’s newest extension with The Philadelphia Orchestra is completed, he will have been music director for 14 years (2012-26), the third longest tenure of musical leadership after legendary conductors Eugene Ormandy and Leopold Stokowski. He will be at the helm of the ensemble for a period burgeoning with local, national, and international milestones. His vision for the future includes a recently renewed five-year commitment to the Orchestra’s China Program; innovative programing for The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 125th anniversary in 2025 and the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 2020; and city-wide music-making for the 250th anniversary of American independence in 2026. Nearer to hand are the scheduled March 2017 performances of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, both in Philadelphia and Carnegie Hall, and projected performances of Puccini’s Tosca in 2018, plus other diverse opera titles that feature rich orchestral scores. Globally, The Philadelphia Orchestra will continue to be a standard-bearer, with planned tours to Asia in 2017 and Europe in 2018.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s extraordinary leadership in place for the next decade,” said President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “The Philadelphia Orchestra is flourishing under his direction, and this new extension reflects his fervent commitment to Philadelphia and all we have achieved together and will achieve in the future. His relationships with the musicians, our audiences, and throughout the community are bringing joy to us all, drawing in new listeners and building connections throughout the city. Moreover, we will have the benefit of his dynamic leadership through The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 125th anniversary and the 250th anniversary celebration of American independence in the nation’s birthplace.”

Yannick will focus his orchestral and operatic work with these two renowned institutions, which share the potential for future for artistic collaboration.

Read the full press release here.